Eat Local: Mistico Sunset Lounge & Restaurant, Búzios, Brazil

Mistico Sunset Lounge & Restaurant, Búzios, Brazil, is located up on a hill in the central district of the town, providing an excellent view of Búzios Bay

Mistico Sunset Lounge & Restaurant, Búzios, Brazil, is located up on a hill in the central district of the town, providing an excellent view of Búzios Bay

 

Up on a hill overlooking Búzios Bay, Mistico Sunset Lounge & Restaurant serves creative, fresh, local seafood in a dining room and on their verandah.  We enjoyed an excellent luncheon after wandering from the pier to central Búzios and exploring the boutiques and cafes [see our previous post, “Búzios, Brazil”.]  Unlike many of the dining establishments along the waterfront and in the central district – by nature of its location up a hill – Mistico was not crowded for lunch, even with a very large cruise ship in port with us.  Our service was quite good with a friendly waiter who spoke excellent English.  As shown in the photographs, their cuisine is very creative and all dishes were well prepared and quite tasty.  Very highly recommended!

 

The restaurant_s verandah features a “bird of paradise” overlooking Búzios Bay, Mistico Sunset Lounge & Restaurant, Búzios, Brazil

The restaurant’s verandah features a “bird of paradise” overlooking Búzios Bay, Mistico Sunset Lounge & Restaurant, Búzios, Brazil

 

Our amuse bouche was cheese with mango puree and roasted almonds, Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

Our amuse bouche was cheese with mango puree and roasted almonds, Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

 

A mixed seafood appetizer

A mixed seafood appetizer with octopus, a lobster mini-taco, salmon, a bacalau fritter (a local Brazilian specialty, bolinho de bacalhau), seared tuna, and a cucumber salad; Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

 

Lobster mini-tacos, Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

Lobster mini-tacos, Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

 

An entrée (shared) of squid-ink gnocci with fried local calamari and vegetables in a delicious seafood sauce, Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

An entrée (shared) of squid-ink gnocci with fried local calamari and vegetables in a delicious seafood sauce, Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

 

One of the hotel_s rooms on the hill, adjacent to the hotel_s restaurant, Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

One of the hotel’s rooms on the hill, adjacent to the hotel’s restaurant, Mistico, Búzios, Brazil

 

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Búzios, Brazil

Búzios, Brazil, is a Brazilian resort set on an ocean peninsula east of Rio de Janeiro, known as an upscale vacation destination with numerous beaches

Búzios, Brazil, is a Brazilian resort set on an ocean peninsula east of Rio de Janeiro, known as an upscale vacation destination with numerous beaches

 

A sleepy fishing village propelled into the spotlight by a vacationing Brigitte Bardot, Búzios, Brazil [105 miles (169 kilometers) northeast of Rio de Janeiro] has retained its vintage holiday allure with a mix of upscale spa retreats, resorts and an endless list of outdoorsy pursuits.  The appeal of the peninsula’s beaches is two-fold; the tropical weather and scenic qualities heighten their glamorous reputation, and the strong waves and turquoise waters attract crowds of gilded youth on the lookout for surfing championships.  Visitors can explore the Igreja de Sant’Ana church perched above the Praia dos Ossos beach, discover the rugged coastline on a morning hike, or ride bikes along the boulevard to the town’s cobblestone streets and shop Rua das Pedras’ chic boutiques.

 

Overlooking the central “business district” of Búzios, Brazil -- filled with boutiques, bars, cafés, and restaurants (with more than a dozen pizzerias in the mix!)

Overlooking the central “business district” of Búzios, Brazil — filled with boutiques, bars, cafés, and restaurants (with more than a dozen pizzerias in the mix!)

 

A bronze statue of Brigitte Bardot who frequently vacationed in Búzios, Brazil, and helped popularize the peninsula and its beaches to vacationers

A bronze statue of Brigitte Bardot who frequently vacationed in Búzios, Brazil, and helped popularize the peninsula and its beaches to vacationers

 

Wooden sidewalks and cobblestone streets in the center of Búzios, Brazil, make for an inviting stroll among the boutiques and restaurants

Wooden sidewalks and cobblestone streets in the center of Búzios, Brazil, make for an inviting stroll among the boutiques and restaurants

 

A typical al fresco restaurant with local specialties, Búzios, Brazil

A typical al fresco restaurant with local specialties, Búzios, Brazil

 

Viewed through an alleyway between two shops, the large MSC cruise liner (3,000 passenger capacity) dwarfs the local fishing boats which here resemble the bathtub toys our grandchildren

Viewed through an alleyway between two shops, the large MSC cruise liner (3,000 passenger capacity) dwarfs the local fishing boats which here resemble the bathtub toys our grandchildren play with, Búzios, Brazil

 

A colorful mannequin invites visitors into a local boutique, Búzios, Brazil

A colorful mannequin invites visitors into a local boutique, Búzios, Brazil

 

A street vendor selling fresh green coconut water, Búzios, Brazil

A street vendor selling fresh green coconut water, Búzios, Brazil

 

Colorful wares for sale outside and inside a boutique in the heart of Búzios, Brazil

Colorful wares for sale outside and inside a boutique in the heart of Búzios, Brazil

 

The statue of three fishermen in the harbor is very lifelike, Búzios, Brazil

The statue of three fishermen in the harbor is very lifelike, Búzios, Brazil

 

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