Eating in São Paulo’s malls doesn’t always mean finding a seat in the crowded food court, with the fast food platter in hand. Shopping malls are also home to good restaurants with conventional service, which can often become the main reason to visit the place.
Recalling that after more than a month in the green phase of the São Paulo government’s quarantine plan, announced on October 9, the capital of São Paulo has returned to the previous stage of the calendar, the yellow one, with services operating fewer hours per day. The measure aims to contain the increase in the contagion of the new coronavirus, since, according to data from the São Paulo State Department of Health, hospitalizations on November 28 were almost 20% higher than those of 28 days.
In practice, little change in the routine of bars and restaurants, including daily shopping. What changes are the hours of shopping centers, which can now operate ten hours a day. Each location sets its own schedule, but in most cases restaurants are open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., with food courts open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The previous measures, such as the compulsory use of the mask, the distance between the tables, the availability of gel-alcohol and the measurement of the client’s temperature are maintained.
Find tips on ten great restaurants in the shopping malls of the capital of São Paulo below.
In front of the French cuisine restaurant of the Fasano group, on the roof of the Cidade Jardim shopping center, chef Vanessa Silva is launching two menu tasting formulas, in four stages (R $ 350) and in five stages with food-wine pairing and glass of champagne (700 R $). The menu is surprising and varies according to the seasonal ingredients. For example, dishes such as foie gras terrine and lamb blade may appear. Plus, there are a la carte options, like grilled duck breast with orange sauce and asparagus (R $ 155) and an executive menu (R $ 99, for lunch Monday through Friday).
Shopping Cidade Jardim – av. Magalhães de Castro, 12,000, Butantã, western region, tel. (11) 3198-9440. Mon to Thu: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fri: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sat: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sun: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Delivery via CJ Food.
From the cuisine of chefs Benny Novak and Renato Ades, there are French classics such as steak tartare with salad (45 R $ and 60 R $) and steak frites (75 R $), which can be accompanied by béarnaise sauces. , pepper, mustard or Roquefort, accompanied by crisps. Another strong point of the house is the list of craft beers, with its own labels, such as Ici Hemingway, an IPA session produced by Blondine (R $ 31).
Shopping JK Iguatemi – av. Juscelino Kubitschek, 2.041, Vila Olímpia, southern region, tel (11) 3078-1313. Mon to Thu: 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fri to Sun: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Delivery via iFood, Goomer, Rappi and phone.
Greek cuisine is the basis of chef Mariana Fonseca’s restaurant. To explore the typical flavors, the suggestion is to start with the lamb kalamaki (55 R $), a type of skewer, or the Kouzina salad (42 R $), prepared with green leaves, apple, crispy cured ham , pistachio, apricot and manouri cheese. Then order the traditional moussaka (R $ 50), a kind of lasagna made with eggplant and potatoes, which can be served with tzatziki (R $ 24), yogurt and cucumber paste. For dessert, chocolate hazelnut crepe (R $ 35).
Shopping Cidade Jardim – av. Magalhães de Castro, 12,000, Butantã, western region, tel. (11) 3063-5959. Mon to Thu: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fri and Sat: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sun: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Puppy of the Star Maní, occupies a space in the Iguatemi shopping center. The menu combines classics from the parent company with more casual recipes. There are items such as pupunha noodles with parmesan sauce (R $ 69), capellini with mushrooms, lemon butter and truffle oil (R $ 71) and homemade peach, with minced meat (R $ 64)).
Shopping Iguatemi – av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 2.232, 3rd floor, Jardim Paulistano, western region, tel. (11) 2924-2333. Monday to Friday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sat .: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sun: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Delivery via iFood.
On the ground floor of the luxurious Cidade Jardim shopping center, the first Brazilian address of the Japanese Makoto Okuwa, headquartered in Miami and branches in Mexico and Panama, displays a menu that follows the line of the American house, with good varieties of sushi (such as horse mackerel, eggs, salmon, torus tuna, between R $ 18 and R $ 60 a pair) and signature dishes. In the hot section, a tip is the wok fried rice with vegetables, foie gras, meat and tender yolk eggs (R $ 96).
Shopping Cidade Jardim – av. Magalhães de Castro, 12,000, Butantã, western region, tel. (11) 3758-2565. Mon. to Thu: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fri Sun: 12 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 10 pm. Delivery via Rappi and CJFood.
Mio Pasta & Pizza
New to the food court at Iguatemi Shopping Center, the restaurant replaces the old Timo Mio, also owned by the Hervilha Group – the same as the Piselli restaurants. It offers an informal service of Italian pasta and Neapolitan pizza, at cheaper prices. You can assemble the dish choosing between four types of pasta and five sauces, such as carbonara (R $ 31) and sorrentina (R $ 28), or order ready-made options, such as caprese ravioli ( R $ 29), stuffed with buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil sauce. The washers are available in individual sizes, but are available in a large version on delivery. One of the favorites is Paris (R $ 28), which has marinated zucchini, brie, mozzarella, and thyme.
Shopping Iguatemi – av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 2.232, Jardim Paulistano, western region, tel. (11) 3034-1422. Mon to Sun: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Delivery via iFood.
Chef Rodrigo Oliveira’s famous tapioca and two-dice baião can be tasted in this informal proposal unit, which also serves specialties from the country’s coffee table. There are cheese breads (R $ 6), flatbread with cured meat and cream (R $ 14) and couscous (R $ 13 small), buttered, with soft and crunchy corn eggs. – you can add pot meat for over R $ 8. For lunch Monday through Friday, the executive menu serves dishes such as cured meat with dressing (R $ 45). For another R $ 12, it is possible to include the salad and the dessert of the day.
Shopping D – av. Cruzeiro do Sul, 1,100, Canindé, northern region, tel. (11) 3312-0815. Monday to Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Delivery via iFood.
A selection of Italian dishes is on the menu, which produces bread and sausages. For starters, the suggestion is the creamy polenta with grilled artisan sausage (R $ 28), followed by potato gnocchi with cheese sauce and truffle salsa with tomato sauce (R $ 54). Another option is the roast lamb blade with fresh tagliatelle in butter and herb sauce (R $ 78). To sweeten, order the panna cotta with red berry sauce (R $ 20).
Shopping Pátio Higienópolis – av. Higienópolis, 618, Higienópolis, central region, tel. (11) 3823-2663. Monday to Thursday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fri and Sat: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sun: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Delivery via iFood, Rappi and WhatsApp (11) 99433-6529.
Meats, made with Argentinian parrilla, are the specialty of the restaurant chain, which has four locations in the city. The special cut of ancho steak that bears the name of the house (R $ 128) is famous, accompanied by grilled vegetables, biro biro rice, green salad or Pobre Juan’s farofa, prepared with fine breaded onions and fried in butter. The gran vacio (R $ 208), or flank steak, serves two people and includes two side dishes of your choice. For snacking, the suggestion is the grilled meat empanadas with Buenos Aires seasoning (R $ 29, two units).
Shopping Cidade Jardim – av. Magalhães de Castro, 12,000, Butantã, western region, tel. (11) 3552-3150 and (11) 98527-4307. Mon to Sat: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sun: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Delivery via iFood and telephone.
The Cidade Jardim shopping center was also chosen to house the first branch of the main restaurant of chef Henrique Fogaça. Larger than the Matrix, in the Higienópolis region, the menu offers recipes such as bottled butter termite (R $ 89), as well as exclusive dishes, such as lamb loin with mash of two cheeses, mushrooms and a jabuticaba sauce (R $ 102).
Shopping Cidade Jardim – av. Magalhães de Castro, 12,000, 3rd floor, Butantã, western region, tel. (11) 3198-9505. Mon to Wed: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thu. to Sun .: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. (stay until 10 p.m.). Delivery via the CJ Food app. Pick up offers on site.