Marrow with palm heart and açaí
Rua Joaquim Antunes 210, Jardim Paulistano, São Paulo
+55 11 3085 4148
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