Helena Rizzo and Daniel Redondo
Marrow with palm heart and açaí
Rua Joaquim Antunes 210, Jardim Paulistano, São Paulo
+55 11 3085 4148
Chief reason to visit: Chef team Helena Rizzo and Daniel Redondo met while working at El Celler de Can Roca in Spain, so it’s no surprise their cooking is something special – paulistas and gastro-tourists alike flock here to try exquisite dishes with a Brazilian twist.
A few words on the chef: Rizzo was named Latin America’s and World’s Best Female Chef in 2014. The chef duo recently brought out their cookbook, Maní, featuring some of the restaurant's most popular recipes, as well as forewords written by Joan Roca and Alex Atala.
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