| Spot @ São Paulo |
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Spot is an indisputably a landmark in the nocturnal life of the heart of the city, yards away from Avenue Paulista, our equivalent of Wall Street. It isn’t exactly the latest up and coming address but it is still a trendy bar/restaurant that has managed to survive over the years as a meeting place for São Paulo’s hipsters, businessmen & fashionistas
Here we are in Brazil! If you haven’t reserved there may be a little wait at the bar but that’s OK as there’s a whole variety of delicious fresh fruit for your enjoyment. Don’t hesitate in trying their capirinhas (cachaça), caipiroskas (vodka) and sakérinhas (sake.) I particularly recommend « caipiroska de lima da persia » (Tahiti Lime), a little fruit from the citrus family that isn’t too acidic and has a very particular smell. Basically it is to the orange what the Yuzu is to the lime.
The menu is unpretentious but the quality is always a priority. My ideal meal is:
_ for starters, their « provencal style mushrooms »(notably shitaki and shimeji which are Japanese mushrooms widely used in Brazilian cooking);
_ for the main, «penne with melon and parma ham » (with a cream, butter and lime sauce);
_ and to finish with something sweet, the « chocolate soufflé » (take note – if they mess up cooking it the first time they’ll give you another one for free!).
One last thing, Brazilians are not shy in accompanying their meal with plenty of cocktails so allow yourself to give in to all that tempting fruit!
In short, Spot is a great place to sit outside with friends when the weather’s nice, surrounded by sky scrapers with a drink in hand and a few starters to nibble on to have dinner inside before an evening out.
The average price for a meal with good wines is quite high (R$ 70-150) in reais. Having said that the atmosphere is great and I really recommend going. Very last bits of information: if you don’t want to wait at the bar (often one hou, with cocktails of course – “lima da persia” caipiroska) you absolutely must reserve in advance and if you can’t be bothered to go out they also have a very speedy delivery service!
Al. Ministro Rocha Azevedo, 72 Bela Vista – São Paulo
+55 (11) 3284-613 / www.restaurantespot.com.br
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