La Casserole

An old-timer serves good, solid, Gallic grub

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Juicy steak at La Casserole

It first opened in 1954, and since then little has changed in this frozen-in-time bistro – which is no bad thing. The service is friendly and charming, and the food is good, solid, bourgeois cooking. The menu doesn’t pander or dumb down, though – there are classics like tripes à la mode de Caen and kidneys in beaujolais wine feature on the menu, alongside the well-cooked lamb and the tried-and-tested coq au vin. It’s worth spending a little time walking round the neighbourhood by day (be careful in the area after nightfall) to enjoy the small flower market nearby, and to get a flavour of the way São Paulo was before the wreckers’ balls took over.

La Casserole details

Address Largo do Arouche 346

Santa Cecília, São Paulo

Metrô 3, República and Santa Cecília

Telephone (11) 3331 6283

La Casserole website

Main courses R$38.50-$72.50 lunch R$42-$52; couvert R$10-$14

Major cards accepted

Open noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight Tue-Fri; 7pm-midnight Sat; noon-6pm Sun


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