Lasai, a cosmopolitan restaurant in charge by Chef Rafa Costa e Silva and his wife Malena Cardiel, located in Botafogo, a neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, runs away from established protocols to become one of the best restaurants in Latin America. Opened in 2014, Lasai, which means “tranquil”, is based in an old Rio de Janeiro’s house, with a modern, welcoming, and informal atmosphere with elegance as well. Rafa Costa e Silva, considered one of the greatest Chefs of his generation and known for his haute cuisine using organic and fresh ingredients, is in charge of this restaurant with an unprecedented, vibrant, light, mature and sensual cuisine. In 2015, with only one year of operation, Lasai won a Michelin Star, and since that, it’s been listed among the best restaurants in the world and Latin America.
By using modern techniques and Brazilian inputs grown in his own kitchen gardens, with more than 11,000 square meters, and provided by small farmers in Rio de Janeiro, Rafa creates the dishes mostly with vegetables but also with freshest sea products and good pieces of meat. Lasai’s kitchen gardens serve as inspiration for Rafa and his crew to create new dishes and concepts for the restaurant. The menu changes daily and is based on harvested products from their own kitchen garden and also on products from organic markets on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, such as the “Circuito Carioca de Feiras Orgânicas” [Rio de Janeiro’s Organic Products Circuit, in Portuguese]. Lasai's crew goes on organic fairs three times a week searching for the best and freshest products.
Rua Conde de Irajá, 191 - Botafogo Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
+55 21 3449-1854
Photo/Text Credits: Malgosia Minta, Lasai Restaurante