The cultural diversity of our country is one of the things that most enchant me. It is amazing to know that I will always find something new to know and different flavors depending on the region I am in. On our trip through the Amazon, for example, I tasted ingredients and dishes that I had never tried before.
It is super interesting to know the local cuisine and understand the importance and significance of those dishes for the residents of that region. At the time that Paulo and I went to the Amazon, I still ate meat and tasted very tasty types of fish. I will share with you on this list what restaurants we visited in Manaus and what we think about each one of them!
Banzeiro Restaurant was definitely one of the places that most indicated us. There were so many people praising the place that we couldn’t help but go. After having tasted some of the restaurant’s dishes, I can confirm for you that the food there is wonderful. They use local ingredients in all the menu options and the seasoning is delicious.
Among the dishes we ordered are shrimp with tucupi broth and jambu leaf, and the tambaqui rib. All things were very well prepared and aromatic. Our experience in the restaurant was very good and we would definitely return to the place again.
Paulo and I had planned to go to Caxiri Manaus just to have a few drinks, but we ended up ordering some snacks from the place. Their cupuaçu punch is wonderful, so it is worth trying if you enjoy alcoholic drinks. Regarding food, everything was incredible. We ordered açaí bread and, even though I didn’t really taste the fruit, it was delicious.
Another great snack option is the portion of tapioca sticks with rennet cheese. They are perfect to accompany drinks since they don’t weigh much, you know?
Because it is located right in the center of the city, Tambaqui de Banda is one of the best known restaurants in Manaus. They sell simple food, but full of spices and aromas. Anyone who likes to eat at outdoor tables will love the place even more. Most of the dishes are regional cuisine, so several of them have fish base. One of the most requested in the house is the tambaqui roasted over a barbecue, accompanied by flour and vinaigrette.
You cannot leave Manaus without having tasted at least one tacacá. It is among the best known foods there and is part of the experience. Gisela’s Tacacá is one of the best known in Manaus, so we went to him to see the dish.
The broth is basically prepared with tucupi, jambu, shrimp and seasoning to taste. The taste is very exotic and I found the broth a little bitter, but it depends a lot on the taste of each one. Paulo likes stronger dishes and he loved the broth. If you like to try local dishes, you will love the place 😉
Bistro Fitz Carraldo
The Fitz Carraldo Bistro was inside the hotel we were staying at, Villa Amazônia. The atmosphere is more intimate and charming than the other restaurants on the list, a good option for those who enjoy a quieter place.
We ate an amazing pirarucu ceviche and a very tasty pirarucu pesto. Paulo and I both love the savory dishes we ordered, but for me dessert was the highlight of our dinner. They make a thousand leaves stuffed with chestnut cream that is surreal!
Manaus food surprised me with so many different flavors. I loved having tasted so many new and delicious things and I’m sure you will like it too! If you want to watch the vlogs of this trip, just click here 🙂