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One of São Paulo’s original churrascarias, Rodeio was for decades a favourite with the city’s wealthy elite, the aroma of sizzling meats mingling with that of expensive perfume. Until, that is, its glamour started to go up in the smoke of newer competitors. Rodeio has – contrary to expectations – hung on in there, and regained some of its original lustre with a modernising makeover. Its recently-rising fortunes saw the opening of a second, slick branch, designed by illustrious architect Isay Weinfeld, inside the city’s luxury Shopping Iguatemi mall. Don’t miss the sliced picanha (top sirloin) and biro-biro rice studded with bacon.
16 Nov 2012.