There are tons of unique, delicious restaurants in Sao Paulo, however Barteco, the newest edition in Pinheiro‘s stands apart from the rest. Set in a 3 story house with high ceilings, beautiful wood floors and artistic tiled walls. You can sit inside, at the bar or outside under the heat lamps (it’s winter in Brazil right now ok!). The food will blow you away but I recommend starting at the bar located on the second level first…..This is not your average bartender, Barteco has a true mixologist making creative and delicious concoctions with a nice kick to them (many of the drinks come with some spice!). Since I couldn’t make up my mind (warning: everything looks good) we decided to do a bit of a tasting. Best decision, when in doubt, try them all especially the unique caipirinha blends! Top 3 favorite drinks: The Abdo (named after the partner), Diabinha (below) and the Saki with a blend of muddled tropical fruits (middle red drink below). Look at the size of those drinks, this guy means business!
While you are trying all these inventive drinks, snack on the couvert: home made potato crisps (R$5) and order some petiscos (R$14). With Daniel Brum, former sous chef of Kaá in the kitchen you definitely won’t be eating ‘average bar food’, instead you can expect phenomenal fusion cuisine made with local ingredients at a reasonable price (yes you read that correctly!). The menu has a ‘New York’ style to it, grouping the various items by price; the most expensive dish being R$39 (so try as much as you can!)! Since I had the privilege of tasting a majority of the menu I feel it is only fair I share the full experience with you…. so here we go!
We started off with a selection of the petiscos (above) clockwise we have the bolinho de mandioca filled with carne seca (shredded beef), bolinho a gomes sa with bacalhau (codfish- Brazilian specialty), bolinho de arroz with beef ribs and finally my favorite the croquete de linguisa toscana (sausage) paired with their home made honey mustard is truly devine. These smaller treats remind me of New York’s Stanton Social or Beauty and Essex, ie not your average tapas and each bite bursts with flavor.
For round 2 of petiscos we had the ribs (above) which are fall off the bone good and wings served with an alioli sauce (yum!). Sorry I wasn’t able to snap a pic of the wings, they were so delicious our plate was cleared pretty quickly (oops)!Now on to the main dishes.. Barteco’s take on the tuna tar tar (above) was such a wonderful light surprise (perfect for you ladies doing the ‘carb free’ thing during the week). The tuna is lightly grilled on the bottom, small salad on top and the plate is drizzled in a soy sauce, ginger, honey and orange reduction making it very flavorful. I can see this becoming my new lunch favorite. I just realized I forgot to take a picture of the herb crusted fish of the day served with spaghetti made of hearts of palm- I apologize! This dish was fantastic, the fish is baked, the herbs pack in a nice punch and the ‘spaghetti’ was a wonderful surprise, especially since I personally don’t like hearts of palm and I really liked this!
The gnocchi (above) is made fresh daily and served in a beef rib bolognese sauce that is to die for; you can’t go wrong ordering this dish (I think my husband was disappointed he had to share!). For our last main course we tried the Arroz de rabada; It is so incredible and completely melts in your mouth you will wish it was the ‘never-ending-dish’!