Buzzy, gay-friendly joint does great burgers

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Customers wait to be seated at restaurant Ritz
The Jardins branch of buzzing bistro, Ritz

Ritz has a hard time determining what city it’s in, and providing you can get in, you’ll also have a hard time believing that you’re still in São Paulo, and not in Paris or the East Village. Both the Jardins and the Itaim (Rua Jerônimo da Veiga 141) branches have the look of French bistros with mirrors and red leather banquettes; and are popular with gay folk and trust-fund bohemians. The latest branch to open, in May 2011, is a larger, bright space in Shopping Iguatemi.

As for the food, it’s best known for its great hamburgers and delicious pastas. For an appetiser, try the bolinhos de arroz (fried rice balls). The portions are generous, and if you’re not too hungry, feel free to share your entrée – the penne mediterraneo is a great for-two option. Although the tunes lean towards indie rock, the drinks are far from dive-bar prices (a caipirinha will set you back R$14.90).

Ritz details

Address Alameda Franca 1088

Jardim Paulista, São Paulo

Metrô 2, Consolação

Telephone (11) 3088 6808

Main courses R$26.60-$56.60; lunch R$35.70-$45.80

Major cards accepted

Open noon-3.10pm, 8pm-1am Mon-Wed; noon-3.10pm, 8pm-1.30am Thu, Fri; 12.30pm-1.30am Sat; 12.30pm-midnight Sun



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