No.8

Maní

São Paulo, Brazil

On the pass:

Helena Rizzo

Pastry chef:

Style of food:

Brazilian-European fusion

Standout dish:

Marrow with palm heart and açaí

Contact:

Rua Joaquim Antunes 210, Jardim Paulistano, São Paulo

+55 11 3085 4148
http://www.manimanioca.com.br/

Talented team creates light and delicate Brazilian-European cuisine

A few words on the chef: Helena Rizzo was named Latin America’s and World’s Best Female Chef in 2014. She recently brought out a cookbook, Maní, with her former restaurant partner Daniel Redondo, featuring some of the restaurant's most popular recipes, as well as forewords written by Joan Roca and Alex Atala. Paulistas and gastro-tourists alike flock here to try exquisite dishes with a Brazilian twist.

What’s in the name? Maní was named after the indigenous Brazilian God, a beautiful young woman who, legend has it, died mysteriously and was later reincarnated in the form of plants. Mani-Oca means ‘house of Maní’ in the Tupi language.

What’s the dining space like? The restaurant is set in a quaint little former house with large wooden doors in São Paulo’s leafy Jardim Paulistano suburb.

Typical dishes: Foie gras ‘bonbons’ with Brazilian guava jam or homemade manioc flour crumble with tucupí sauce.

Where to sit: Ask for a table in the tree-lined outdoor courtyard, or sit inside for a glimpse of the dynamic kitchen team in action.

Images: Romulo Fialdini

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