Pabu Izakaya

Japanese in Ipanema & Leblon

Tucked away on a quiet Leblon backstreet, this low-lit space brings a dose of creativity to the Rio dining scene, with sharing plates like pork dumplings with house-made mayonnaise, grilled scallops on a bed of sweet potato fries, or eggplant tempura. There's a fine selection of sushi and sashimi, plus refreshing and/or heartwarming sake to accompany your mini feast.

The intimate setting means you'll need to go early to score a table: it has just a few tables outside and a U-shaped counter around the bar.