Two essential eating experiences in São Paulo this weekend
1) The first feijoada of the year
I was emailed the flyer for this feijoada lunch session on Saturday, and the tag-line was ‘No-one forgets the first feijoada of the year’. Does anyone know why? That sounds ominous to me. But if the hosts are as jovial as they used to be when they ran the Thursday night closed-door night club “Quinta dos Infernos” then it should be entertaining.
A few details to set the scene (according to the email): an un-obligatory mandatory cost of R$47.32 for the feijoada (drinks not included), Greek drachmas not accepted.
From 11.57am, Rua Maestro Chiaffarelli 140, Jardim Paulista. Reservations via email firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Alex Atala’s galinhada
The chicken for tomorrow’s midnight feast at Alex Atala’s restaurant Dalva e Dito must already be brining – soaking in salted water with garlic, onion, bay leaves, basil, mint and coriander. Tomorrow, the chunks of chicken (or should I say ‘hen’, since the traditional Brazilian recipe and indeed its name calls for an older bird to be used) will be marinated in a mix of tomato, onion, garlic, basil, coriander, spring onion and pimenta de cheiro chilli before being stewed and served with rice, farofa (toasted manioc flour) and other hearty goodies (see photo).
I’ve yet to check it out, and I’m sure many balk at the price, but I love the idea of being able to just wander on in to the kitchen of one of the world’s best chefs to serve myself. And then roll on downstairs to listen to the ladies from the Samba de Rainha group, keeping the rhythms going until about 3am. Perhaps I’ll go. midnight-3am, Dalva e Dito, Rua Padre João Manuel 1115, Jardim Paulistano, 3068 4444. dalvaedito.com.br. R$59