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“Stunning vista, but oddly detached waiters”
Review of Emporium PAX

Emporium PAX
Ranked #989 of 14,451 Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
Cuisines: Brazilian
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Botafogo
Reviewed 22 February 2017

If you want to enjoy one of THE views of Rio, take one of any number of buses to the Praia shopping mall - a vertical retailing experience - in the suburb of Botafogo.
Ride up on the escalators, and you encounter dozes of different lunch options, from fast food to formal eating.
But up on the 6th floor, with stunning views of the bay and the Sugarloaf, is a great place to take in the vista over a lunch... Emporium Pax.
Narrow and dark as you enter (past framed pictures of artichokes and lemons on your right), it climbs steps then opens out to a raised dining area.
Grab a seat near the window and you can soak in that view. It looks oddly like an old hand-coloured picture postcard from the late 1950s.
Most of the blocks you see round the bay are early 60s, and with the cars rushing backwards and forwards it has a slightly Monte Carlo look, with all the boats in the bay.
But there's nobody on the huge crescent-shaped beach below, because the water is full of sewage, condoms and litter - despite pledges that it would be cleaned up by the Olympics.
So, back to the restaurant.
Two options: a 46 reais buffet lunch (go for the lightly battered tilapia with home-made tartare) with salads, meat dishes and puds.
Or a la carte, costing around 60 for a main meal (plenty of veggie options). My veggie pal had an excellent ravioli dish.
It's a better option that traipsing up to the selfie terrace on the 8th floor, where the nearby restaurant has no vegetarian alternatives whatsoever on the menu. And where all you look at are people taking selfies.
The loos are moderate at Pax, but it's the service that's curious. Catching the waiter's eye to get another bottle of water took ages - it's like they move round in a trance, unwilling to notice customers.
However, I enjoyed the buffet fish (the meat less so), and felt it was good value for the price. That view is worth a visit alone.

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Reviewed 14 September 2016

The waiters are not very polite and they do not show any good treatment to the clients. Seems like obligation their service to me as customer.
The food is really good, just because of it I have tried more than 3 times, but sadly my friends and I we were very bad treated by the waiters

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Thank RagnarLodbrock
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Reviewed 30 August 2015

Our Salmon was undercooked. After complaning 3 times tot the manager he just put it in the micro-wave to heat it up. Rest of the food mediocre. Don't eat here.

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Thank Toon69
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Reviewed 19 February 2015

The view to Botafogo Bay and Sugar Loft is awesome. Be sure to try one of the tables next to the window. Food is excellent! there offer a large variety of dishes and the major concern is what are you having first and not eating too much!! Going there is always a good choice!

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Thank ishtar115
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Reviewed 26 January 2015

We organised a business event with those people during the world cup and they are not to be trusted!!! we mistakenly over paid some services and we have been trying for over 6 months to get our money back, they do not want to provide any proper invoices and do not reply when you ask your funds back. This all ends up has a very bad experience!

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Thank Jfp G
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