Know the bars and restaurants most remembered by public in the western region of São Paulo. According to Datafolha poll it were 5 restaurants and 5 bars.
Baby Beef Rubaiyat
On a charcoal grill, this restaurant prepares beef cuts from its own cattle herds in Mato Grosso do Sul state, as well as imports from Argentina, Uruguay and Australia. Whether a la carte or at the buffet, there are cuts such as picanha (Brazil's prime cut) and baby-beef. Also on offer is one buffet of fish and another of feijoada (pork, beef and black bean stew).
Bartira Chopp & Grill
Located in a corner, the venue has big windows and three storeys –the most pleasent being the wooden deck. It serves appetizers such as Frango Crocante (Crispy Chicken), strips of chicken battered in Corn Flakes. In the drinks menu, bottled beers (600 ml).
The original venue was founded in 1969 in Teodoro Sampaio street (Pinheiros district) and exists until this day. However, in 2001 one of the partners left the establishment and opened this restaurant in Pompeia neighbourhood. Both addresses claim to serve "the best beef parmigiana in town", prepared au gratin in a wood-fired oven. There are also pastas, pizzas and grilled platters.
It looks like a Vila Madalena bar, but it has the quietness of Perdizes district. A suggested nibble is the spicy picanha and sausage fried dumpling. The venue serves different caipirinhas, as the ones with tangerine and ginger ou mango with pepper.
Chosen the world's seventh best restaurant in 2014 by British magazine "Restaurant", its cuisine uses Brazilian ingredients reinvented by Chef Alex Atala. At night, there is only the taster menu. At lunchtime it's à la carte, with duck confit in Madeira wine with water yam purée.
A Figueira Rubaiyat
The ancient fig tree, with its branches spreading over the whole dining room, is the star attraction at this elegant venue. The menu, worthy of close attention, lists recipes with meat, fish and seafood roasted in a clay oven, such as the tucunaré Brazilian river fish grilled with rock salt.
The bar belongs to the same owners of Genial, Mundial and the neighbour Filial. It welcomes a clientele who drinks Brahma draught until the small hours. The kitchen has an italian accent and serves pizzas made in a wood-fired oven and nibbles such as soft polenta covered with tomato sauce, black olives and basil.
In this Australian-inspired American franchise, one of the most ordered platters is the fried giant onion. It serves as a starter for the grilled dishes, such as the lamb chops with herbs. As for drinks, iced teas and sodas can be refilled without charge.
Located in a Pinheiros district corner, it is reminiscent of Rio de Janeiro and has images of samba music artists. The venue belongs to the same owners of the Astor and the Original. There are draught beer and cocktais like A Nega É Minha e Ninguém Tasca –cachaça, lime, Tahiti lime and rapadura (unrefined brown sugar). With a pork leg filling, the Fio Maravilha croquette comes with scarlet eggplant vinaigrette.
In this busy chic bar, the tiled walls are decorated with film posters –from Mazzaropi to Alfred Hitchcock. To accompany the Brahma draught, the suggestions are the coxinhas portion and the meat cuts on a hot plate.