Duck paçoca with white beans, vinagrete and soft egg
Av. Nossa Sra. do Lorêto 1108, Vila Medeiros, São Paulo
+55 11 2949-7049
Chief reason to visit: Following the unprecedented success of his restaurant Mocotó, a regular on the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list, chef Rodrigo Oliveira made a bold move in 2013 by opening a second restaurant next door to his flagship, challenging himself to a more creative concept. Now there is a special energy in the air between the two neighbouring restaurants, and the service is to be treasured. Esquina, which means corner in Portuguese, features the work of Speto, a famous Brazilian urban artist, adorning its walls.
A few words on the chef: Behind Oliveira’s charismatic smile, there is a clever businessman. With Mocotó, he turned a village bar into a success story that changed his life and those of the many people who work with him. Thanks to his restaurants, the village outside São Paulo city is now a gastronomic destination in itself, receiving tourists from all over the world.
What to order: Artisan bread, duck paçoca with white beans, vinagrete and soft egg, and Cajá Manga – a mango puree with vanilla pod from Bahia, cajá sorbet and caramelised coconut. From the bread to the charcuterie, everything is made in-house.
Other businesses: Oliveira has quite the culinary empire in São Paulo, with Mocotó Bar e Cachaçaria (next to Esquina Mocotó), Mocotó Café at Mercado Municipal de Pinheiros, Mocotó Café at Shopping D, Mocotó Aqui Food Truck, and Balaio restaurant at the new Instituto Moreira Salles.
Images: Ricardo D'Angelo