Volta Restaurant — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The impresarios behind Rio de Janeiro’s celebrated tapas restaurant ¡Venga! are back with Volta (which translates as ’return’), a Brazilian comfort-food concept in a small converted townhouse in Jardim Botânico. Chef Fernando Pavan cooks up a selection of tried-and-tested Brazilian recipes collected from the owners’ grandmothers - count chicken with okra and shrimp with chayote among them. The space, like the food, takes you back in time; it’s a warm, charming, retro scheme by local architect Chicô Gouvea, highlighted by colourful 1950s and 1960s modern furniture and custom lighting by artist Maneco Quinderé, cleverly crafted from vintage enamelled teapots, cups and plates of varying hues. There is also a small gourmet shop selling canned Brazilian fruit.