Upmarket Brazilian food
The sister restaurant to the highly successful D.O.M., and run by the same chef, Alex Atala, Dalva e Dito has a much more laid back atmosphere, but is similarly upmarket in quality and pricing. Although the service is good and the space is attractive – decorated from top to toe with an eclectic mix of wooden sculptures, striking murals and brightly coloured tiles – the food is the main attraction. Dishes are typically Brazilian in essence, but with a twist, so you can find delights such as mouthwatering cashew caipirinhas or chocolate and priprioca mousse on the menu, as well as more conventional variants which are equally recommended.
Price: fine dining
Watch out for: the Brazilian culinary creations of Alex Atala
Dalva e Dito, Rua Padre João Manuel, 1115, São Paulo, +55 11 3062 6282
Truly traditional Brazilian food
Chef Mara Salles is passionate about all things Brazilian, and is keen to share her passion with the masses at Tordesilhas. Her main mission is to serve good, honest food that respects tradition and hasn’t been adulterated by foreign flavours or awkward attempts at originality and modernism. That said, she is always looking for ways to improve her culinary offerings and frequently conducts research into regional gastronomy, ingredients and technological advances that can be employed in the kitchen. Expect classic dishes, served the old fashioned way, friendly staff, and a warm and welcoming environment.
Watch out for: a great place for classic Brazilian food
Tordesilhas, Alameda Tietê, 489, São Paulo, +55 11 3107-7444
High-quality Peruvian food
Although tucked away in a neighbourhood rarely frequented by tourists, Rinconcito Peruano is an undeniable hit with locals and newcomers alike. As a consequence, it is always buzzing. The menu is extensive – although most tend to opt for one of the fabled ceviche dishes without too much deliberation – and authentically Peruvian in essence. It’s certainly no coincidence that the majority of the restaurant’s staff and most loyal clientèle are themselves from Peru.
Watch out for: ceviche that is praised by Peruvians
Rinconcito Peruano, Rua Aurora, 451, São Paulo, +55 11 3361-2400