Check out the bars and restaurants most remembered by public in the eastern region of São Paulo. According to Datafolha poll it were 8 restaurants and 4 bars.
Bar do Alemão
In the hands of composer/musician Eduardo Gudin, the bar has recovered the musical spirit of the 1970s and 1980s, when it was a bastion of Brazil's top musical names. There are daily shows of samba, choro (a type of Brazilian instrumental music) and MPB (popular Brazilian music). The menu includes ham hock and small deep-fried beef dumplings.
From the barbecue, set up in the sparsely furnished dining area, come meat dishes, such as bife de chorizo (entrecote), lamb ribs and bife de tira (top sirloin). While parents munch on sausages or pork ribs in lemon, children play in an area with electronic games and toys.
Casa do Norte Zé Leite
Zé Leite, from Bahia State, opened this simple bar in 1988, housing a stage for live music shows (at the Itaquera branch, from Thursdays to Saturdays). The menu has Brazilian Northeastern specialties, like baião de dois, favada (fava been stew) and sun-dried beef. At night it serves pizzas, among other options.
It's a traditional neighbourhood restaurant, with a simple and cozy decor. For 40 years it has been welcoming families on weekends. The menu lists various dishes, such as filet parmigiana (with rice), salted cod with vegetables, feijoada and grilled platters, like picanha.
Ample portions, made to be shared between two or more people, are the hallmark of this chain from Ceará state, which specializes in fish and sea food. The creamy rice with mussels also contains shrimp, squid, fish and lobster, fried vegetables and saffron.
A well turned out clientele struggle to get a place on the couches on the much sought after veranda. iPads are available to order, ask for the check, and even flirt with the people in the neighboring table. The extensive menu suggests everything from the kassler (smoked pork) to grilled octopus. For drinks, there is Brahma on tap.
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.
Opened in 2002, Elia Seganti's cantina originated as a rotisserie. After its sucess, it expanded into a restaurant. Made with free-range eggs, the pastas can be combined with meat ragout or strips of beef with mushrooms and cream gratiné. A new branch has been opened this year in Itaim Bibi.
The sidewalk of this bar in Tatuapé district is filled with a young clientele and a flirting atmosphere. Suggested drinks are bottled beer (600 ml) or the traditional house batidas –the Sonho the Valsa one (bonbon, condensed milk, cocoa liqueur, vodka and champagne) is a success.
It is small and simple and the ambience and service are reminiscent of a snack bar. There are 30 temaki options, among which is the seafood special, with squid, shrimp, octopus, chives and cream cheese. There are also yakisoba, teppan and sashimi.
This steakhouse was founded about two decades ago and has room for over 300 customers. Steaks are served in a rodízio system -there are 26 types of meat, like picanha, tail of round and lamb. There is also a salad, pasta, seafood and cold cuts buffet.
There are sidewalk tables both at the Tatuapé and the Mooca branches. The menu has various options, such as picanha on a hot plate, shrimp escondidinho, croquettes and stroganoff. On Saturdays, there is a feijoada buffet. As for drinks, the suggestion is the Brahma draught.