Brought to you by the culinary and alcoholic visionaries of Barteco is Sao Paulo’s hottest new wine bar Tempranillo. Located in the swanky Vila Nova Conceicao it is under the command of Jaci Soares (Taberna 474) and Carlos Martignago (Serafina) so you know this will become your new ‘go to’ spot. Designed by architect Silvana Brandão , the decor is rustic-modern, with low lighting, and colorful urban art on the walls. Facing the street are large glass windows that are open on warm days (great for people watching) and there is a fully stocked wine room in the back. It’s not open to the public yet, but there will be an outdoor rooftop patio that will definitely be 2014’s hottest place to be (keep checking back for more info!).
Similar to Barteco, Tempranillo offers a wide selection of creative drinks which are all quite delicious; personally I consider their main attraction (besides the food of course) to be their very attractive wine list that offers over 140 labels, many of which are produced with tempranillo (Spain’s main red grape, also grown in Portugal and more recently Argentina, Brazil and Australia)!
On to the food, since I had the privilege to attending the soft opening the other week I made sure to try as many items on the menu as I could so I would be able to report back to all of you… ok fine, you got me, the menu is HUGE and everything on it sounds, looks and is absolutely delicious! The menu offers a wide range of ‘tapas’ style dishes to share so you will definitely enjoy perusing the menu, don’t worry there will be something for everyone. With a mix of Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian you can create whatever dining experience you are in the mood for, go back again and have a completely different meal (pretty awesome right?). Take a food journey with me:
Everything was delicious, but my personal favorites were the tostas chistorra and cheese; it seriously melts in your mouth and is incredibly flavorful. My second favorite was the ginger farofa which was so good I could have eaten it by itself with a spoon! The ribs were cooked to perfection and practically falling off the bone…the meal was tremendous.
You must save room for dessert!! The rabanada (a better dessert version of french toast) stuffed with dulce de leche and served with vanilla ice cream. WOW might be the best term to describe it! Also, I highly recommend you try the homemade melon sorbet, personally I am not much of a melon fan but this was so good I was eating every last bite!