São Paulo is home to some thoroughly decent Asian food, due to it’s high population of resident Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. There are plenty of good Asian all-you-can-eat restaurants, but one of the best can be found right by Liberdade Metro station in the heart of the Japanese area. At Tanka (Praça da Liberdade 149, 1st Floor, inside the Hotel Akasaka) there is an outstanding Rodízio of Japanese, Thai, Chinese and Korean food, complemented by bottomless Iced Tea and never-ending Frozen Yoghurt. The only thing missing is a good Pho. The cost is an entirely reasonable R$50-70, depending on which day of the week you go.
Located at Alameda Ministro Rocha de Azevedo 856, this is a spice-lovers delight. For all things tasty and exotic that you cant find in Carrefour, or can’t afford in Santa Luzia!
I almost had a foodgasm when I entered this little place as it has everything I had struggled to find elsewhere – they even have Saffron and Star Anise!
For those not confident with exotic cooking they have recipes and guides, or “Kit” boxes (upwards of R$100) that contain a selection of spices.
Especially picky chefs will be thrilled to hear they even have imported Thai coconut milk – thicker and creamier than the commonly found local stuff.