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Ten Easter menus

Bacalhau (salt cod) is the star ingredient at restaurants over the Easter weekend (6-8 April). Find it, and other special dishes, on ten Easter menus.


Rua Azevedo Soares 1580, Tatuapé, 2293 1010, bacalhoeiro.com.br

Bacalhau com natas

For a traditional Portuguese feast check out the family favourite Bacalhoeiro, famed for its salt cod. Chef Francisco Everaldo da Silva will be serving an indulgent dish over the Easter weekend with bacalhau com natas (salt cod with cream and sautéed potatoes). R$60, or R$110 for two. Read more on Bacalhoeiro

Da Terrinha

Alameda dos Aicás 1501, Moema, 5096 2569, restaurantedaterrinha.com.br

Bacalhau Da Terrinha

Norberto Moutinho, the chef and owner of Portuguese restaurant Da Terrinha will be serving a sequence of four bachalhau dishes, including bacalhau ao forno (salt cod roasted with onion, potato and olive oil) and bacalhau Da Terrinha (creamy cod gratin). The four-in-one menu runs from 5-19 April, for R$75.


Rua Simão Álvares 484, Vila Madalena, 3034 0996, donostia.com.br

Bacalão and pepper pintxo

If you’re looking to pair any Easter meal with a good glass of wine, head to Donostia, a Basque-style tapas bar in Pinheiros, where you'll find an affordable selection of wines by the glass. Don’t be misled by the word ‘bar’ though, for here it’s as much about the eating as the drinking.

On Good Friday (6 April), graze on pintxos (Basque tapas) like tortilla de bacalhau and green peppers stuffed with salt cod. For Easter Saturday, go for the traditional Basque dish, bacalão al pil-pil (salt cod cooked with olive oil and garlic) as part of a three-course set menu (R$50). Read more on Donostia


Rua Pedroso Alvarenga 1170, Jardim Paulista, 3167 0977, restaurantefreddy.com.br

Magret de canard

Expect linen table cloths and fine French cuisine at this favourite spot for São Paulo's wealthier families. On Easter Sunday compile a three-course meal from choices like magret duck with apple purée or classic French desserts like Crêpe Suzette (R$169).


Avenida Juscelino Kubitschek 279, Itaim Bibi, 3045 0043, kaarestaurante.com.br

Paris Brest

For Franco-Italian food in a stunning setting book a table at Kaá. Over Easter, chef Pascal Valero is crafting classic French desserts with a twist like Saint Honoré with cupuaçu fruit and white chocolate or the Paris Brest – chou pastry filled with a praline cream (R$18, until 8 Apr.) Read more on Kaá


Rua Alexandre Dumas 1152, Santo Amaro, 5181 4422, maripili.com.br

Bacalão a la viscaína

The owner, chef, and waiting staff at Santo Amaro's Maripili all have Spanish roots, so you can expect some authentic comida española. Over Easter, try the bacalão a la viscaína – salt cod in a sauce of peppers, tomato and apples (R$34). Read more on Maripili


Rua Fernando de Albuquerque 277, Consolação, 3256 3165, mestico.com.br

bacalhau Gomes de Sá

A master of fusion food, Mestiço blends Thai and Portuguese flavours on Good Friday with bacalhau Gomes de Sá ao leite de coco (R$69) – a classic Portuguese dish given an unorthodox coconut twist. On Easter Sunday, lamb is the star dish, served with couscous (R$51.50). Read more on Mestiço


Rua Wisard 88, Vila Madalena, 3032 4295, Rothko on Facebook
Artist-turned-restaurant-owner Diego Belda has designed two small salt cod specials for his Easter weekend diners, which can be mixed and matched with the other beautifully presented bocadillos (light bites) or ordered with a main course. Choose between salt cod with chickpea purée and salsa verde or with smoked mandioquinha (sweet parnsip) and sweet paprika (R$15). Read more on Rothko


Rua Mourato Coelho 1267, Vila Madalena, 3032 8605, spadaccino.com.br


For an informal family gathering head to Italian favourite Spadaccino. Chef Paula Lazzarini is serving an Easter menu (R$70) which includes a fungata fried mushroom starter and colomba (a traditional panetonne- like Easter dessert) served with zabaglione. Available 6-8 April. Read more on Spadaccino

TOM Plaza

Rua Arizona 1517, Brooklin, 2162 3500, estanplaza.com.br
If Sunday brunch is more your style come Easter time, head to the breakfast buffet at TOM Plaza, the restaurant at the five star Gran Estanplaza hotel. Parents can deposit the kids at the supervised play area, and head straight to the buffet, serving everything from pastries and made-to-order omelettes, a selection of salads, hot dishes and sparkling wine. For dessert, the chocolate options are almost endless. 8.30am-3pm, 8 April. (R$85 per person, plus tip). 

By Rebecca Alper


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