An iridescent-white picture window overlooks lively Itaim Bibi neighborhood, known as an upscale business and residential district opposite of Faria Lima --Sao Paulo's version of Wall Street. Behind its glowing white facade, the space is divided into three galleries, designed by three-different Brazilian designers, promising a "fashion, music and gourmet experience." Extravagant-lounge areas feature glittery curtains and crystal chandeliers above cozy sofas and oversized chairs in a mosaic of bold patterns. The dining room features rectangular and large-circular Brazilian-wood tables that seat 8-10 people amply, but leave two-tops in lonely corners of the restaurant. The Brazilians on-hand are a social-sort, creating a loud and lively environment while trying to be heard over the heavy-lounge music from rotating DJs.
Given the large Italian and Japanese-communities living in Sao Paulo, it should be no surprise to see the menu serving Asian-Italian cuisine that is almost as long as the Sao Paulo phonebook. This is not the typical-sushi menu one would expect, instead offering appetizers like salmon and beef carpaccio (with crunchy basil and capers), foie gras tartare (served with tuna) and Italian polenta served with veal-ragu and fresh peas. Main course is divided between pasta and meat or fish dishes – including a decadent lobster risotto with black truffles and less-impressive ravioli with simple mozzarella stuffing. Uruguayan lamb chops are served with lemon risotto and porcini mushrooms while the yellow fish fillet is topped off with a dollop of caviar and very-braised endives. The comprehensive dessert menu varies between key-lime pie and brownie alamode to a crunchy chocolate-mousse and caramelized-apple tart served with ice cream.
A consistently sexy crowd of fashion and business elite spends a Sao Paulo night feasting on gourmet cuisine in a delightful design space with nightlife vibe.