Rafa Costa e Silva graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in New York, where he stayed for 4 years and worked in the restaurants Jean Georges (Vong) and René Pujol.
In 2007, Rafa went to Spain to work with Andoni Luis Aduriz, at the two Michelin star, Mugaritz restaurant, where he started as a stagier. He participated in many global events representing the restaurant, including gastronomic events in Singapore, Bali, United States and United Arab Emirates, among others.
Chef Costa e Silva concluded his journey at Mugaritz in December 2011 as Executive Chef. From here he decided to go back to Brazil and open Lasai Restaurant, his long life project, in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil.
With the produce from his two personal allotments, Rafa creates a fresh and seasonal daily menu at Lasai. He produces an array of seasonal fruit and vegetables, as well as his own eggs amongst other things, on his 10.000m2 land in Rio de Janeiro, and the nearby mountain areas of Vale das Videiras. The team from Lasai has also a partnership with local, small and organic producers from the Estate of Rio.
Lasai is consistently keeping ahead of its game by searching out the best and freshest products available. The hard work has paid off as the restaurant has recieved a very successful welcome by both the local and international audience. In less than a year of opening, Lasai received the award of “Best New Chef” from Veja - Comer & Beber no Rio Magazine, “Best New Restaurant”, Rio Show - jornal O Globo - newspaper, No.7 in the Top 50 Restaurants in the World according to Vogue Casa magazine, “Best new Chef”, Gula magazine and “Best News of the Year” in Época magazine.
Lasai was included in the The World’s 50 Best and also “Restaurant wish list: 15 global eateries we're dying to try in 2015” – CNN International Edition. Together with all this, Rafa participated on the most important Gastronomy events in Brazil and around the world. Lasai is also part of “The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy” - Global Selection.
In March 2015 Lasai Restaurant was awarded 1 Michelin Star by the Michelin Guide.
Less than a year of operation, Lasai received in 2014 the awards: Chef Revelation of the Year (Veja magazine), Restaurant of the Year (O Globo newspaper), ranked 7th among the Top 50 Restaurants in the World - New and Must Do (Vogue Casa magazine), Chef Revelação (Gula magazine) and Novelty of the Year (Época magazine). It was included in the "On Watch" list of The Restaurant Magazine - The World's 50 Best Restaurants and the "Restaurant wish list: 15 global eateries we're dying to try in 2015" - CNN International Edition. Lasai is also part of the exclusive "The Diners Club® World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy" - Global Selection.
Dinner starts at 8pm, and guests are welcome from 7:30pm onwards. The set menu costs £45, and an optional drinks pairing menu will be available for £35. To book "Carioca Garden" dinners on either 30 November, 1 and 2 December hit the button below. To avoid disappointment, please book in advance and let us know of your dietary requirements.