Possibly the best Brazilian food in the city is worth the trek

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Cachaça collection on the wall of Mocotó

Serving up arguably the best Brazilian food in the city, Mocotó is a foodie’s delight. Located in the anonymous mass of higgledy-piggledy houses in the far northeastern suburbs, what it takes to eat at Mocotó is time, both in getting there and waiting for a table; so come with patience and a hearty appetite.

The restaurant’s young chef, Rodrigo Oliveira, creatively updates traditional North Eastern dishes such as baião de dois (black eyed peas, rice and a rennet cheese) or carne de sol – sun-cured beef – served with a whole head of garlic and baby chillies on the side. Oliveira even makes his own pork scratchings – torresmo. To finish, don’t miss the homemade ice cream studded with pieces of rapadura – a solid fudge of unrefined sugarcane juice. And a shot or two of cachaça, don’t you think? 

Mocotó details

Address Avenida Nossa Senhora do Loreto 1100

Vila Medeiros, São Paulo

Telephone (11) 2951 3056

Mocotó website

Main courses R$15-$60; couvert R$3.90-$6.90

Major cards accepted

Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun



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