Lovers of series and books know that it is possible to take long trips without having to get on an airplane or a time machine. It is also possible to travel with some restaurants in the city of São Paulo.
Scandinavian, in the Pinheiros district, for example, shows at the entrance that we are no longer in Brazil. The unique table, right in the center of the room, sets the tone for the space – minimalist, rustic and comfortable. The kitchen combines several elements of the Scandinavian countries, allowing an authoritative and very rotating menu.
During the week, the service is exclusive by delivery. Pannukkakku (R $ 18), a creamy Finnish pancake, baked with vanilla and blueberries, and the brunost biscuit (R $ 16), made with Norwegian brown goat cheese, are fixed elements to finish the dish of the day, which changes weekly. LAXSALLAD, made with house cured and smoked salmon, fresh dill sauce, mead and lemon grain mustard, polar bread, candied tomatoes, fresh blueberries, dill sprigs and green leaves, recently passed the letter and cost R $ 62.
For those who leave the house every now and then, it is worth securing a place at harmonized dinners, which cost R $ 260 per person, on Saturdays. Or opt for brunches, at R $ 140 per person, on Sundays. Chef Denise Guerschman’s eight-year exchange in Norway is condensed into a special menu, with drinks and dishes designed as a journey through Scandinavian flavors. And it is also possible to reserve space for closed groups of up to 12 people in a julebord – a traditional Christmas banquet for the end of the year social gathering for companies, families and friends.
But it is possible to choose a menu in Portuguese, without departing from the European theme. Mirandês concentrates years of Lusitanian culture, history and gastronomic traditions in the center of São Paulo.
Vitor Pires is literally the Mirandais. It was from his head that the whole design of the restaurant was born, based on what he learned from his mother in Miranda do Douro, a small Portuguese town on the border with Spain. For him, the idea is to show the public regional cuisine and all the influences resulting from several invasions and hundreds of years of interbreeding.
The atmosphere incorporates the atmosphere of the village houses, with wine barrels, stone counters and Portuguese tiles highlighted.
On the plate, all these inspirations are clear at Bacalhau à Braz (R $ 59). Unlike ordinary blends, which take straw potatoes, here it is blended with fries, sliced cod, parsley, paprika, garlic, and broken eggs on top. Cod rice (R $ 45), sautéed with parsley, olives and house spices, is also a good choice.
To end this journey, another establishment takes guests back in time. The Medieval Tavern brings together fairy tales, masterpieces of literature, animated films, mythologies and real stories.
Upon entering, it is clear that we are in another era, with buffoons and magicians welcoming the “ladies” and “lords” for a happy hour.
Start the adventure by ordering one of the potions. Served in test vials reminiscent of alchemists, the drinks are a hit, from Flamel’s Secret Solution (gin, rosemary syrup with honey and lemon, for R $ 29) to King Arthur’s drink (Scotch whiskey, marula liqueur), sour cream, amaretto liqueur, cinnamon and cloves, also at R $ 29). Anyone in the beer clan can bet on craft draft beer, served in a 700ml mug, starting at R $ 23.
One of the most requested snacks is the onion of So-So-Far – at R $ 39 it brings breaded and cheese-stuffed onions, grated ham, seasoned with a flavor of smoked pepper, directly referring to the magic kingdom of the character Shrek.
But the strongest part of the house are the burgers, such as the Ragnarök (R $ 41), made with 180g of beef burgers, breaded cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, a plate of cheese, cucumber relish. and homemade mayonnaise on Australian bread. Between one bite and the next, you can take the opportunity to test your aim in target shooting and activate your imagination during an RPG game.
The houses are part of the Achados Elo project, which is supported by the card company and organizes establishments with options unique to São Paulo. The selection is made by the Folha Folha team and follows the same criteria and analyzes used each week by the supplement. We are a family business.
R. Deputy Lacerda Franco, 141, Pinheiros, western region, tel. 95144-4486. Sat .: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Delivery via WhatsApp and collection: Mon: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tue to Sat .: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $$$$
R. Canuto do Val, 216, Vila Buarque, central region, tel. 3661-8538 and 96408-5642 (WhatsApp). Tue. to Sat .: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sun: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Delivery via iFood. $$$$
R. Gandavo, 456, Vila Clementino, southern region, tel. 4114-2816. Tue to Fri: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sat and Sun: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Delivery via iFood and collection on site. Mandatory reservation. $$