Like other major world cities, São Paulo offers a wealth of outstanding options when it comes to top-quality restaurants. However, what makes this city stand out from the rest is that is goes one step further by bringing together fine dining and stunning architecture, giving you and your partner the chance to experience a night like no other.
If you want to treat your partner to an unforgettable dinner, book a table at Kaá, one of the most impressive restaurants in São Paulo. It is impossible not to be amazed as you enter and see architect Arthur Casa’s work for the first time. Here he has created a fascinating harmony between nature and design by bringing together characteristics of indigenous culture and ultramodern furniture. With its reflecting pool and huge green wall, it’s no wonder that Kaá has received numerous awards, including special mentions by the American Institute of Architects and the prestigious magazine Wallpaper. The menu complements their philosophy of fusing different cultures by mixing French, Italian, and Brazilian influences. The roast pork is excellent and comes served with traditional Brazilian vegetable rice, sautéed broccoli, and sesame. While you wait for your table, don’t miss the chance to enjoy a few drinks at the elegant and stylish bar.
At Figueira Rubaiyat, a 150-year-old fig tree stands imposingly in the middle of the restaurant’s exquisitely designed terrace. Needless to say, the tables under the tree are the most popular and will need to be reserved in advance. However, even if you do not manage to get one of these coveted seats, every area of the restaurant has its own unique charm, such as the main dining room with large round windows that allows diners to see the frenetic pace of life in the kitchen. The climate-controlled cellar, which has two floors packed with excellent wines, is every wine lover’s dream come true. The menu is extensive, and their meats are an excellent choice, given that much of it comes from the restaurant’s own livestock. There is also a wide range of options for those that prefer seafood, and on Saturdays expect generous portions of feijoada, the traditional Brazilian beef and pork stew. The perfect way to put the finishing touch to your meal is with a visit to the dessert buffet, where the array of tempting treats is certain to interrupt even the most determined of diets! At both Kaá and Figueira Rubaiyat, Mastercard Black and Mastercard Platinum cardholders get longer booking times every day of the week.
Dalva e Dito, run by the renowned Brazilian chef, Alex Atala, is a restaurant that has a minimalist, yet elegant decor. Marcelo Rosenbaum, the architect responsible for designing the space, sought to pay homage to elements of popular Brazilian culture while exaggerating their proportions to fully immerse diners in the experience. Highlights include giant rosary beads that represent the intense religious sentiment of many Brazilians, sacred figures influenced by the Baroque architecture of Minas Gerais, and a panel by the artist Derlon Almeida, which draws its inspiration from literatura de cordel, the inexpensive booklets from the northeast of the country that come decorated with woodcut illustrations. The tile floor is designed to provoke nostalgia in Brazilian diners, who, upon seeing it, inevitably cast their minds back to their childhood days. The menu presents a blend of tastes from different regions of Brazil, with the standout dishes being the traditional porco na lata (slow-cooked pork) and galinhada (chicken and rice stew), the latter only being served on Saturdays after midnight.
São Paulo is a city with a wealth of restaurants that take fine dining to a whole new level by combining it with stunning architecture and bold design concepts.