Buzios is Brazil’s answer to Ibiza and is seemingly reserved solely for Rio’s most beautiful holidaymakers. Littered with beaches for every taste (surfing, sailing, walking, and hiding) and a vibrant nightlife, it is truly something to behold.
The highlight of our trip came courtesy of Rocka, a gem of a restaurant and beach lounge located on Praia Brava beach, a short buggy ride from the centre of town. As you approach down the sandy steps, it’s the beautiful bay that strikes you first, then the yellow of the Veuve Clicquot sunshades, and then the beautiful people lounging under each and every one of them. We did our best to fit in.
The restaurant is run by two young guys who have clearly trained and invested well, and as a result live an enviable beachside life. So far, so Buzios. However, the real surprise was to come: the food is from the very top drawer.
Having decided that this was one of those times when you just hang the expense, we started with bubbles on the loungers while we waited for a table to come free. Once seated, we kicked off with an octopus carpaccio with green apple and a white fish ceviche with mango – presented with the precision of Marcus Wareing, but served on a wooden terrace by a guy in board shorts! We shared generous mains of squid and piglet with salads and sides – nothing was anything less than faultless. These boys could go far, but if I were them, I’d stay firmly put!
Cost of meal:
£100 per person (with champagne)
10 out of 10 – food may never be the same again
9 out of 10 – have knocked a mark off as a cloud came over at one point
10 out of 10 – friendly, funny, charming
10 out of 10
Summary in seven:
Would still be there if we could
Rocka Beach Lounge and Restaurant
Praia Brava, Buzios, Brazil