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Perched at the edge of officeland neighbourhood Itaim Bibi, the recently-renovated Na Mata Café is everything but a café – blending cocktail bar, restaurant and live music hotspot. It serves a constituency of both animated professionals in suits and social butterflies in tight pants and heels, who break bread in the restaurant before heading through to the dancefloor to break a sweat.
Airy electronica accompanies the late cocktail hour, with exotic grape-and-key-lime caipirinhas and Red Bull party combos for any gang of friends needing an extra pick-me-up. The Jack Na Mata – Jack Daniels or Southern Comfort, plus Kahlúa and coconut ice cream – packs a powerful punch.
The not-very-well-appointed dining area – rectangular, with rows of tables on two levels running parallel to the bar – does have comfy, plush seating, perfect for a satisfying dish of duck breast in wine sauce, or a less pretentious cheeseburger – take our advice, though, and steer clear of the ceviche with yogurt and mint. Stay on for the rotating musical acts – from pop to rock, dance and MPB – that perform on weeknights, especially if the Stevie Wonder tribute band is on. They’re damn good.
12 Jan 2012.