Posted on 11 / 30 / 2011
Even though I am getting quite fed up and tired of these monotonous buffet vegetarian restaurants all over Brazil, I keep trying new ones because honestly, vegetarian food in this country is at a premium. There are no gourmet or fine dining type of restaurants, the kind one finds in the USA or most of Europe, there are hardly any Indian restaurants, and with language a real barrier, one is never sure what one is eating if one is not really careful.
Any way, on the first day in Rio, we ended up at Health's for lunch since we were in the neighbourhood. No one spoke or understood English, the place was packed, it is in the middle of a busy office area, and the place was husge. Upon entry, one is given is a slip that lists various options (salad, soup, desserts, juices, plated meals etc.) The first floor is a vegetarian floor, and the second floor is primarily dead animals. We figured this out from the slip given to us.
The buffet choice consisted mainly of salad components, with almost no cooked item. Soup, juice, plated items etc are to be ordered after one is seated. The waitress will indicate on the slip whatever one has taken, including the salad. The buffet is a fixed price and not by weight.
The buffet was boring and uninviting, the tomato soup was good (it comes with a large basket of toasted bread), the juice was refreshing. Our waitress made every effort to help us once she realized we did not understand Portuguese.
Avoid this place because 1. it has dead animals as well (even though they are on a different floor) and 2. teh choices are boring and dull.
Dead animals, Boring, Uninviting