The food in Brazil is fantastic, the food of Minas Gerais is particularly fantastic, and Belo Horizonte has enough great bars and restaurants to last a lifetime. Add this together and what do you get? Gastronomic Heaven!
In my opinion, there are three major factors that determine your enjoyment of any eating experience and many of Belo’s bars and restaurants score highly in each.
The first is obvious. If the food isn’t good, you might as well eat at home. Fortunately, Belo’s establishments take great pride in their fare and whether it be Comida Mineira (traditional Mineiran cuisine) or pizza, you’re guaranteed a fresh and tasty dish.
The second factor is service. In keeping with Brazil’s reputation for friendliness, staff members are polite, attentive, and efficient. Nothing is too much trouble, and if there’s even a hint of a problem, it will be dealt with quickly, no questions asked.
Lastly, and often underrated in my opinion, is the decor. It’s important to feel relaxed and comfortable when you sit down to eat and in a busy city like Belo; bars and restaurants have become very good at shutting out the hustle-and-bustle of the streets. Whether you're in an open, cool, and airy bar or an intimate, candle-lit hideaway, you’re sure to feel at home.
Add to this variety, value for money, and frequent live music, and it’s easy to see why it’s worth eating out every night. Not to mention the fact that cold drinks are actually served COLD – a novel experience for us Europeans!
For more information on different types of restaurants and specific restaurant recommendations, see my other journal entries.