The Lasai Restaurant
Lasai, the cosmopolitan restaurant of chef Rafa Costa e Silva and his wife Malena Cardiel, has a footprint: its gastronomy is at the same time unprecedented, vibrant, light, mature and sensual. Using modern techniques and Brazilian inputs grown in his own gardens and that of small farmers in Rio de Janeiro, Rafa creates dishes with an emphasis on vegetables without sacrificing the use of the freshest products from the sea and the best meats.
Lasai, whose meaning is tranquil in Euskera, the language of the Basque country, where the chef spent much of his training before returning to Brazil, is located in an old Rio house with a modern, welcoming and informal atmosphere with elegance. The service, efficient and without bravado, always leaves the food as the protagonist, providing customers with an amazing experience.
Lasai’s two gardens, one in Itahnangá and the other in Vale das Videiras, have evolved and contributed to the restaurant’s growth. They are the basis of inspiration and constant changes in the menu. With each new season, the gardens brighten up the restaurant and compel the team to develop new menus. Gardens are the greatest sources of knowledge – pure inspiration.