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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ask the Chef

Courtesy Of Markaff
London-based Brazilian chef Meria do Carmo is the guest chef at restaurant Zolotoi for its Brazilian Gourmet Week, which runs from Sept. 17 to 23 as part of the Rozamira '07 festival.

Best dish

"Sea bass stuffed with rocket and almond flakes wrapped in lemongrass leaves, cooked in coconut milk and served with pumpkin coulis."

Most popular dish


Favorite food


Favorite (other) restaurant in Moscow

"It will be my first time but my friends recommended Pavilion."

Favorite (other) restaurant worldwide

"Maroush in Knightsbridge, London."

Weirdest thing you've ever eaten

"Calf's sweetbread."

Do you try to be authentic or adapt the cuisine to the local market?

"I try to be authentic but I also adapt when needed -- sometimes we cannot find the right ingredient and we use what is available using common sense."

Comment on the state of your local dining scene

"London's dining scene is so diversified; it has a great range of worldwide cuisine. Best place to try new tastes and get in touch with new cultures without leaving the country."

What is the most important or surprising thing you have learned as a chef or about food?

"A meal cooked with love can heal and unite people."


Zolotoi, 5/3 Kutuzovsky Prospekt, (499) 243-6540, M. Kievskaya.

Maroush, 38 Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge, London (+44 020) 7581-5434,