Have you always wanted to eat a good dish of Portuguese cuisine, but don’t have the opportunity to travel to Portugal and taste the classics of this gastronomy? So, just explore the Portuguese restaurants in your city!
In São Paulo, for example, there are many places specializing in this type of cuisine, both savory and sweet. If you don’t know what these restaurants are, you can rest assured. For this list, I selected the most recommended places in the city when it comes to Portuguese cuisine. Ready to get hungry?
Opened in 2011, Tasca da Esquina is one of São Paulo’s favorite Portuguese restaurants. For those who like to try different dishes without overeating, the 8-course tasting menu (in addition to dessert) is perfect.
The chefs of the house, Vitor Sobral, Hugo Nascimento and Luís Espadana, promise creative and innovative dishes. The flavors of the dishes are a mix of tradition and daring, always bringing a different seasoning or a more contemporary plating, you know?
The beautiful Sintra
Another place that São Paulo residents like is A Bela Sintra. Cod is the protagonist of the house, appearing in several different ways on the menu. Lots of creativity to explore a single ingredient, right? Wines are also taken seriously by them, provided with sommeliers prepared to suggest the option that most harmonizes with your choice of dish.
The current chef of the house, Patrícia Sampaio, tries to put great care and love in the preparations in each of the dishes. One of the classics of the house is Bacalhau à Lagareiro with Batatas ao Murro. It is served together with broccoli, olives and onions, finished with slices of garlic that further enhance the flavor.
Tasca do Arouche
Although most of the dishes in the Tasca do Arouche having cod base, you also find other incredible options. The octopus rice and the grilled filet medallion accompanied with funghi secci risotto are some of the highlights of the menu.
Ah, from Tuesday to Friday they serve a delicious executive menu. The starter, along with the main course, are around 45 reais. The dishes vary according to the day. The cod in cream with vegetables and rice, for example, is the Thursday special. To know the entire menu, just click here!
For an experience focused only on cod, one of the most recommended places is Dona Florinda. They have a cod tasting menu, with a starter and three versions of cod for each of the main dishes.
If you are more daring and want to try something different, opt for the Portuguese stewed rabbit or the seafood risotto. If you go with children, with the kids menu the choice will not be wrong 😉
Costa Nova Restaurant
Pinheiros is a region full of super delicious restaurants and bars, right? If you have never been there, it is worth the visit! One of those super delicious places with incredible food is the Costa Nova Restaurant.
Their menu is super diverse, both in terms of fish and meat. Lagareiro cod is undoubtedly the star of the house. The sirloin of the fish is breaded and served with broccoli rice and grilled squid. Very different and full of flavors and textures.
Looking for a good restaurant for a weekend snack? Dudes is there for that! Even having some options of larger and well served dishes, the specialty of the house is Portuguese delicacies in mini size. Codfish cake, fried squid and octopus of the guys are just some of the dishes you will find there. The place is also cute, with walls covered with traditional tiles and super cute decor.
I couldn’t leave the sweets off that list, right? The Casa Mathilde brand was founded in 1850 in Sintra, but fortunately we can taste the Portuguese wonders here in São Paulo! Conventual sweets are some of the most requested in the house. Berlin balls, sintra pillows, custard tarts and delicious cheeses are always super fresh.
If you are curious to know a little more about the Portuguese confectionery and taste some of these sweets, this is a great opportunity. They may not have exactly the same ingredients and flavors, but they are very similar 🙂
Another super traditional Portuguese restaurant in São Paulo! At the Portuguese Ranch, tradition goes far beyond cooking. For customers to have a complete experience, every Tuesday they have live Portuguese music. It is amazing to be able to get to know fado classics and, at the same time, taste delicious Lusitanian dishes. If you want to guarantee your seat, you can book a table by clicking here.
Well of course
Without running away from the traditional and presenting typical Portuguese dishes, Ora Pois is a success in the city. It is located near Parque Bosque Maia, a little away from the city center. However, it is worthwhile to stop by if you are in this region.
His menu has alternatives for all tastes, including vegans! Even though it is just an option, which is rice with red and green peppers, chickpeas, broccoli, tomatoes, olives sautéed in olive oil, it is nice to see that they care about the varied taste of customers.
Tasca do Zé and Maria
Last, but not least, Tasca do Zé and Maria! Duck rice is one of the successes of the house, but cod lovers will also be happy with the variety of dishes with the fish. The Beneditine cod with mashed potatoes is another one that is always among the most ordered, along with the tasca cod, served with caramelized onions, broccoli, confit dried tomatoes and mini potatoes with punch!
I bet a lot of people made their mouth water reading this post, right? If you want to know more about Portuguese gastronomy, just watch our vlogs around Portugal! We tell several amazing stories and tips for you ❤