Restaurants in Sao Paulo

More pizzerias than any Italian city; fifty different national cuisines; 12,500 restaurants – all add up to a salivating culinary diversity. If virado paulista’s staple of beans, rice, pork, and eggs is the dietary bedrock, immigrant recipes have added world-class Japanese restaurants, Middle Eastern, and Italian dishes to the cooking pot. Salgados (snacks) like pão de queijo (cheese buns) are ubiquitous while Paulistanos’ traditionally enjoy Portuguese feijoada (bean and meat stew) on Wednesdays and Saturdays and pasta on Sundays. Recent years has seen the rise of fine-dining establishments to rival anything in Latin America.

The São Paulo restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over 225BRL)
Moderate (120BRL to 225BRL)
Cheap (under 120BRL)
These São Paulo restaurant prices are for a three-course meal for one, including half a bottle of house wine or equivalent, and 10% service tax, unless stated otherwise.

Maní

Price: Expensive

Serving modern but unpretentious dishes with tons of flair, this is a hidden gem of a restaurant worth seeking out. Its innovative cuisine includes everything from maniocas - oven-baked roots with coconut milk and white truffle olive oil - to sugar beet risotto and octopus sticks. Tuck in and enjoy.

Address: Rua Joaquim Antunes 210, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Telephone: 11) 3062 7458.

Kinoshita

Price: Expensive

Chef Tsuyoshi Murakami follows a 30 year tradition of Kappo cuisine in this stellar Japanese restaurant. Kappo philosophy presents ingredients as fresh and of the highest-quality while presentation is refined and elaborate. A nine-course tasting menu offers visionary combinations like terrine of smoked eel with foie gras and green apple. Kinoshita’s new location in Vila Nova Conceição, designed by architect Naoki Otake, is intimate and very Zen.

Address: Rua Jacques Félix 405, São Paulo, Brazil
Telephone: (11) 3849 6940.

D.O.M.

Price: Expensive

Elegant and brilliantly conceived contemporary Brazilian cuisine that soon exhausts superlatives. Superstar chef Alex Atala’s creation is one of the world’s finest restaurants. Within a high-ceilinged modernist interior, his team blends traditional Brazilian foods with experimental cooking techniques to tantalize the palate. Hence palm hearts, stingray, maize porridge, and priprioca are spectacularly reanimated with gels and foams. Atala actively supports indigenous Amazonian communities in obtaining his produce.

Address: Rua Barão de Capanema 549, São Paulo, Brazil
Telephone: (11) 3088 0761.

O Pote do Rei

Price: Moderate

Zesty take on Italian-Mediterranean favourites. The prawn risotto with artichokes is a tour de force while the marquise de chocolate dessert will raise endorphin levels into overdrive. The restaurant setting offers two very different dining experiences. The pinkish interior is psychedelically garish while outside offers a more refined patio courtyard.

Address: Rua Joaquim Antunes 224, São Paulo, Brazil
Telephone: (11) 3068 9888.

Bistrô Charlô

Price: Moderate

Cracking alternative if you crave fine dining and attentive service without a hefty bill at the end. This white tablecloth bistro delivers hearty Brazilian favourites with a streak of French haute cuisine. A three-course meal might include capaccio of palmitos (palm hearts), steak tartare, and compote of figs with coconut ice cream.

Address: Rua Barão de Capanema 440, São Paulo, Brazil
Telephone: (11) 3087 4444.

Obá

Price: Moderate

A bright and funky restaurant that is perfect for terminally indecisive diners. Chef Hugo Delgado’s enthusiasm for international cuisine spills over onto an eclectic menu featuring Brazilian, Italian, Mexican, and Thai dishes. Decide whether you’re in the mood for pasta penne, spicy nam tok salad, or moqueca – Brazilian seafood stew. Frequented by unpretentious and fun-loving crowd with regular themed evenings featuring music and a specific cuisine.

Address: Rua Melo Alves 205, São Paulo, Brazil
Telephone: (11) 3086 4774.

Kare Ya

Price: Cheap

Emerge from Liberdade Metro Station and you might be forgiven for believing you’d alighted in the Far East. For those with budgets not stretching to five-star Japanese restaurants bargain sushi and sashimi restaurants cluster around Praça da Liberdade. Karê Ya Restaurant serves fresh sushi and sashimi platters prepared before your eyes. Price is only for sushi and soft drink.

Address: Praça da Liberdade 258, São Paulo, Brazil
Telephone: (11) 3271 0746.

Kebab Salonu

Price: Cheap

Busy shoppers and culture vultures will love this contemporary Turkish-cum-Middle Eastern café for a fast yet stylish lunch or dinner. Chef Rodrigo Libbos, of Lebanese extraction, sprinkles a touch of stardust to familiar post-closing time kebabs. After falafel starters his signature lamb shish kebab comes wrapped in lavosh bread with succulent spices, tender meat, yoghurt and salad.

Address: Rua Augusta, São Paulo, Brazil
Telephone: (11) 3283 0890.

Elidio Bar

Price: Cheap

Mercado Municipal has inexpensive market snacks through a host of lunchtime eateries such as Hocca Bar and Bar do Mané. The market is famous for mortadellas, essentially doorstep bacon sandwiches, and pastel de bacalhau – codfish pasties. Upstairs, the Elidio Bar offers sit-down dining although tables are at a premium. Price is only for pastel, mortadella, and a beer.

Address: Rua da Cantareira 306, São Paulo, Brazil
Telephone: (11) 3228 7570.
Edited by Tina Banerjee
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