São Paulo, Brazil

On the pass:

Rodrigo Oliveira

Pastry chef:

Antonio Passos

Style of food:

Northeastern Brazilian

Standout dish:

Tapioca cheese cubes


Av. Nossa Senhora do Loreto, 1100, Vila Medeiros, São Paulo

+55 11 2951 3056

The luxury of simplicity and authenticity with the soul of northeastern Brazil

What makes it stand out: Traditional Brazilian food served in the vibrant atmosphere of a no-reservations village bar.

A brief history: Mocotó was opened in 1974 by Rodrigo Oliveira’s father, ‘Seu Zé’, as a neighbourhood bar near the airport, soon gaining a reputation for hearty, tasty food. In 2002, young Rodrigo took over, gradually turning it into the Brazilian gastronomic institution of today.

Typical dishes: Tapioca cheese cubes and homemade pork sausages flambéed with cachaça; Mocofava bone marrow stew; salt cured beef with biquinho peppers and cassava chips.

What’s the dining space like? Casual and spacious. The walls are inscribed with the poetry of Elcio Fonseca and paintings by Mexican artist Felipe Ehrenberg. It is also expanding, creating a secondary space alongside the main restaurant.

What else? Mocotó also has a food truck which tours the city, bringing its classic snacks and stews to other parts of São Paulo. Part of the brand are also Mocotó Café in the capital and Esquina Mocotó, which makes its debut onto the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list this year.

Bonus point: The restaurant's caipirinha bar features more than 100 types of cachaça.

Images: Ricardo D'Angelo

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