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.
Sorocabanos consistently argue that coxinhas from Paderia Real, Sorocaba, are the best in Brazil. With so many different methods and subtle flavour differences depending on state, it’s a tricky argument to support. However they are definitely the best in Sorocaba, fluffy, sumptuous, and especially delectable hot from the oven. Follow them up with a few bolinhos de queijo!
If you haven’t yet tried Ceviche, you should definitely give it a whirl at Suri Ceviche, Rua Matheus Grou 488 – Pinheiros. Ceviche is basically Latin American Style Sushi – the raw fish is typically “cooked” in citrus juices, and garnished with all sorts of flavours including chili, sweet potato, coriander, avocado etc. Keep an eye on their website for special events – for example one Sunday evening they were offering sample dishes at half price.
There is a ton of palatable delights that can be found at the Feirinha Gastronômica at Praça Benedito Calixto, São Paulo on Sundays. However some of the most surprising are these homemade “Scotch eggs”. All the essential ingredients of meat, egg, and crunchy breadcrumbs brought to the fore by a local Brazilian company. They also sell variations with a vegetarian, Asian and Arabic twist!
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.