Rio de Janeiro’s international airport, RIOgaleão – Aeroporto Internacional Tom Jobim, has introduced a new meeting space for groups arriving or departing from the airport. The new space can be found on the Mezanine level of Terminal 2.
The list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2019 was revealed on 10 October 2019 at the seventh annual Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, that was held at Usina del Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With seven new restaurants and entries across eight countries, the 2019 list reflects the diversity of the ever-evolving Latin American gastronomic scene.
Brazil claims nine spots in the top 50 – including new entries Evvai and Manu. The “Best Restaurant in Brazil” was judged to be São Paulo’s A Casa do Porco, at No.6 overall. D.O.M. (São Paulo) is at No.10; Maní (São Paulo) is No.18; Oteque (Rio) is No.23; Lasai (Rio), which won the Art of Hospitality Award, is No.24; Olympe (Rio) is No.35; Evvai (São Paulo) is No.40; Manu (Curitiba) is No.42; and Mocotoó (São Paulo) is No.43.
Maido in Lima took the No.1 spot for the third consecutive year, retaining its status as The Best Restaurant in Latin America. Maido, or ‘welcome’ in Japanese, is the flagship restaurant of chef Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura, serving inventive tasting menus of Peruvian-Japanese bites such as fish hotdog and sea urchin rice, alongside à la carte options and a classic sushi counter.
Three-time former winner Central is at No.2. Pujol, in Mexico City, is ranked at No.3, followed by Don Julio in Buenos Aires at No.4 and Boragó in Santiago at No.5 – receiving the titles of The Best Restaurant in Mexico, Argentina and Chile, respectively.
The Art of Hospitality Award 2019, which recognises excellence in restaurant service and dining experience, was awarded to Lasai in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The restaurant itself is very much the product of the partnership between chef and co-owner Rafa Costa e Silva and his wife Malena Cardiel. Cardiel runs the small but elegant dining room, ensuring that Costa’s plates are enhanced through knowledgeable service, exquisite drinks pairings and creating that all-important atmosphere of conviviality.
Mexico and Peru lead the 2019 list with 11 entries each, including Alcalde for Mexico, winner of the Highest Climber Award, and Central for Peru, recipient of the Sustainable Restaurant Award. Brazil claims nine spots, followed by Argentina with eight entries and Chile with six.
This year, Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants features seven new entries: Kjolle, Pía León’s rising restaurant based in Lima, receives the Highest New Entry Award, occupying the No.21 spot on the list. De Patio in Santiago, Chile enters the list at No.34; Mil in Cusco, Peru sits at No.36; La Docena in Mexico City’s Polanco district occupies No.38; while Manu in Curitiba, Brazil enters the list at No.42. The seventh new entry is Mayta from Lima, Peru at No.49.
|1||Maido (Lima, Peru) *The Best Restaurant in Latin
America/The Best Restaurant in Peru
|26||La Mar (Lima, Peru)|
|2||Central (Lima, Peru) *Sustainable Restaurant Award||27||Rosetta (Mexico City, Mexico)|
|3||Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico) *The Best Restaurant in Mexico||28||Máximo Bistrot (Mexico City, Mexico)|
|4||Don Julio (Buenos Aires, Argentina) *The Best Restaurant in
|29||Chila (Buenos Aires, Argentina)|
|5||Boragó (Santiago, Chile) *The Best Restaurant in Chile||30||Ambrosía (Santiago, Chile)|
|6||A Casa do Porco (São Paulo, Brazil) *The Best Restaurant in
|31||Nicos (Mexico City, Mexico)|
|7||El Chato (Bogotá, Colombia) *The Best Restaurant in
|32||Le Chique (Cancun, Mexico)|
|8||Leo (Bogotá, Colombia)||33||Parador La Huella (José Ignacio, Uruguay) *The Best Restaurant in
|9||Osso (Lima, Peru)||34||De Patio (Santiago, Chile) *New Entry|
|10||D.O.M. (São Paulo, Brazil)||35||Olympe (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)|
|11||Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)||36||Mil (Cusco, Peru) *New Entry|
|12||Isolina (Lima, Peru)||37||Restaurante 040 (Santiago, Chile)|
|13||Astrid y Gastón (Lima, Peru)||38||La Docena (Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico) *New Entry|
|14||Alcalde (Guadalajara, Mexico) *Highest Climber||39||El Baqueano (Buenos Aires, Argentina)|
|15||Pangea (Monterrey, Mexico)||40||Evvai (São Paulo, Brazil) *New Entry|
|16||Sud 777 (Mexico City, Mexico)||41||La Docena (Guadalajara, Mexico)|
|17||Maito (Panama City, Panama) *The Best Restaurant in
|42||Manu (Curitiba, Brazil) *New Entry|
|18||Maní (São Paulo, Brazil)||43||Mocotó (São Paulo, Brazil)|
|19||Rafael (Lima, Peru)||44||Osaka (Santiago, Chile)|
|20||Mishiguene (Buenos Aires, Argentina)||45||Elena (Buenos Aires, Argentina)|
|21||Kjolle (Lima, Peru) *Highest New Entry||46||Gran Dabbang (Buenos Aires, Argentina)|
|22||Harry Sasson (Bogotá, Colombia)||47||99 (Santiago, Chile)|
|23||Oteque (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)||48||Malabar (Lima, Peru)|
|24||Lasai (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) *Art of Hospitality Award||49||Mayta (Lima, Peru) *New Entry|
|25||Tegui (Buenos Aires, Argentina)||50||Narda Comedor (Buenos Aires, Argentina)|
The 8th Rock in Rio in Rio de Janeiro took place between 27 September and 6 October 2019 with seven nights of shows spread over two weekends.
Iron Maiden, who played the first festival in January 1985, returned for its fourth Rock in Rio performance. Also returning to the festival in 2019 were Bon Jovi, Muse, Scorpions, Nickelback, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Dave Matthews Band, Whitesnake, Sepultura, Foo Fighters, Slayer, Seal and Jessie J, as well as a number of Brazilian acts, such as Paralamas who played the first festival, and Ivete Sangalo.
But Rock in Rio never stands still so the opening headline act in 2019 was Drake, one of the most watched star on the planet right now, but a man who was born 21 months after the first festival. Pink also made her Rock in Rio and South American debut, on a night that also included the Black Eyed Peas, H.E.R., Charlie Puth, and one of Brazil biggest acts, Anitta.
Other new acts performing in 2019 included Imagine Dragons, Ellie Goulding, Bebe Rexha, Alok, Weezer, Tenacious D, Goo Goo Dolls, Panic! At the Disco, Helloween, Anthrax and King Crimson.
The festival is scheduled to return to Rio in September 2021, when there is expected to be a parallel festival in Santiago, Chile.
Photos courtesy of Rock in Rio.