São Paulo, Brazil
This sleek slither of a restaurant brings contemporary Japanese culture to one of Sao Paulo’s coolest neighbourhoods. With a casual feel that’s comparable to a British pub but a rigorous approach to food and drink, yakitori restaurants are where Japanese youth go to eat chicken skewers and slurp copious highballs. At chef Thiago Bañares’ version, flame-licked cuts of organic chicken including gizzards, heart and the oyster are served alongside sharing plates such as plump steamed dumplings and mains like miso-marinated cod. The time to go is Saturday night when Pinheiros’ many creatives gather in the lounge, which nods to iconic Japanese designer Issey Miyake through the use of plywood and concrete. It’s worth booking a seat at the bar so you can watch a team of mixologists led by Alex Mesquita produce refreshing sake-cocktails, as well as alcohol-free options like mate shaken with lemon.
- Average price per person $22
- Lunch: Sat, Dinner: Tue – Sun
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R. Cônego Eugênio Leite 639, Pinheiros, São Paulo, SP 05414-011