The Greatest Restaurants in Latin America 2013-2021

As Latin America gets back to some form of normality, we have the list of what are considered to be the 100 best restaurants in Latin America “past and present”.

Due to the pandemic the organisers decided to come up with a retrospective list, which spans 12 countries and was created by aggregating the votes from all previous editions, all the way down to No.1, being crowned The Greatest Restaurant in Latin America 2013-2021. The top ten are:

  1. Central, Lima, Peru
  2. Maido, Lima, Peru
  3. D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
  4. Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
  5. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
  6. Boragó, Santiago, Chile
  7. Maní, São Paulo, Brazil
  8. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
  9. Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  10. Don Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Brazil has 17 restaurants listed in the Top 100 and they are:

  • 3 D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
  • 7 Maní, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 11 A Casa do Porco, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 22 Lasai, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 23 Mocotó, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 41 Oteque, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 49 Manu, Curitiba, Brazil
  • 51 Oro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 54 Tuju, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 65 Evvai, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 66 Fasano, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 68 Glouton, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 75 Tordesilhas, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 77 Soeta, Vitória, Brazil
  • 86 Arturito, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 88 Komah, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 90 Corrutela, São Paulo, Brazil

The short video counts them down:

New music festival – The Town – for São Paulo in 2023

it has been confirmed that in September 2023 Rock in Rio will morph into “The Town”, a new music festival for São Paulo, which will take place at the Grand Prix circuit of Interlagos over two weekends.

600,000 people will be expected over the five days of the festival that has Heineken as its main sponsor and will be supported by TV Globo and Multishow. The stage set and setting will reflect the skyscrapers of São Paulo. It is probably that Brazil will see Rock in Rio and The Town on alternate years. There is certainly the demand.

For more information on The Town CLICK HERE

Pick of the top São Paulo restaurants for 2021 from Veja’s “Comer & Beber”

Given the number of restaurants in São Paulo it can be useful to know what the top three in each category of Veja São Paulo’s list of best restaurants were in the 25th edition of “Comer & Beber”. The winner listed first. 

  • Best Overall Restaurant: Casa do Porco
  • Contemporary Brazilian: Maní / D.O.M. / Evvai 
  • Brazilian: A Baianeira (MASP) / Banzeiro / Jiquitaia 
  • Barbecue / Meat: Rubaiyat / Pobre Juan (Higienópolis) / Templo da Carne Marcos Bassi 
  • French: Président  / Bistrot Parigi / Chef Rouge 
  • Italian: Fame / Fasano / Nelita 
  • Trattoria: Lido Amici di Amici / Moma – Modern Mamma Osteria / Nino Cucina
  • Pizza: A Pizza da Mooca / Carlos / Deveras Pizza 
  • Japanese: Ryo / Kan Suke / Shin-Zushi 
  • Arab: Shahiya / Chef Benon / Monte Líbano 
  • Mixed: Chez Claude / Pipo / Skye 
  • Newcomer: Kazuo / Beefbar / Roi Méditerranée 
  • Hamburger: Z Deli Sandwiches / Fat Cow / Holy Burger 
  • Sandwich: Zoe Sandwich Shop / Gero Panini / Matilda Lanches 
  • Botequim / Bar: Esquina do Souza / Bar do Giba / Moela 
  • Cheap & Cheerful: Cuia Café / Jesuíno Brilhante / Petí Gastronomia / Pão com Carne
  • Ice Cream: Frida & Mina / Albero dei Gelati / Davvero Gelato Tradizionale 

“Comer & Beber”: Rio & São Paulo’s Best Restaurants in 2021

Brazil’s most popular news magazine, Veja, also produces special editions for Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and both produce and annual guide to the cities bars and restaurants, “Comer & Beber”. The guide has just published its 25th edition for both Rio and São Paulo and have also produced their list of the best in each city for 2021. They are:

RIO DE JANEIRO

  • Contemporary Brazilian: Oteque (Botafogo)
  • Barbecue / Churrascaria Rodizio: Churrascaria Palace (Copacabana)
  • Seafood: Escama (Jardim Botanico)
  • French: L’Etoile – Sheraton Rio (Leblon)
  • Italian: Grado (Jardim Botanico)
  • Pizza: Ferro e Farinha (Catete / Botafogo / Leblon)
  • Portuguese: Gajos D’Ouro (Ipanema)
  • Asian: Spicy Fish (Ipanema)
  • Japanese: San (Leblon)
  • Hamburger: Sabor D.O.C. (Leblon)
  • Veagan: Ganic Lab (Barra)
  • Gastropub: Pope (Ipanema)
  • Botequim / Bar: Bafo da Prainha
  • Cheap & Cheerful: Cantón (Copacabana)
  • Ice Cream: Mil Frutas (Ipanema / Leblon / Jardim Botanico / São Conrado / Barra)
  • Breakfast: Café 18 do Forte (Copacabana)
  • Kiosk: De Lamare (Posto 8 – Ipanema)
  • Best Terrace: Boteco Belmonte (Ipanema)

SÃO PAULO

  • Best Overall Restaurant: Casa do Porco (Centro)
  • Contemporary Brazilian: Maní (Jardim Paulistano)
  • Brazilian: A Baianeira (Masp – Av Paulista))
  • Barbecue / Meat: Rubaiyat (Itaim Bibi)
  • French: Président (Cerqueira César)
  • Italian: Fame (Jardim Paulista)
  • Trattoria: Lido Amici di Amici (Pinheiros)
  • Pizza: A Pizza da Mooca (Mooca)
  • Japanese: Ryo (Itaim Bibi)
  • Arab: Shahiya (Moema)
  • Mixed: Chez Claude (Itaim Bibi) 
  • Newcomer (Asian): Kazuo (Jardim Paulistano)
  • Hamburger: Z Deli Sandwiches (Pinheiros / Centro)
  • Sandwich: Zoe Sandwich Shop (Tatuapé)
  • Botequim / Bar: Esquina do Souza (Perdizes)
  • Cheap & Cheerful: Cuia Café (Edificio Copan – Centro) / Pão com Carne (Itaim Bibi)
  • Ice Cream: Frida & Mina (Pinheiros)

Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2020

Despite all the challenges faced by the hospitality industry, the annual list of “Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants” was announced on 3 December. Bragging rights for the top spot went to Don Julio in Buenos Aires.

Nine restaurants on the list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants are to be found in Brazil. They are A Casa do Porco, D.O.M., Maní, Evvai, Mocotó and Corrutela in São Paulo; Oteque and Lasai in Rio de Janeiro; and Manu in Curitiba.

The full list to give food for thought is:

  • 1. Don Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2. Maido, Lima, Peru
  • 3. Central, Lima, Peru
  • 4. A Casa do Porco, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 5. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 6. Boragó, Santiago, Chile
  • 7. El Chato, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 8. Mishiguene, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 9. Rosetta, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 10. Osso Lima, Peru
  • 11. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 12. Oteque, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 13. D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
  • 14. Pangea, Monterrey, Mexico
  • 15. Alcalde, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 16. Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 17. Sud 777, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 18. Kjolle, Lima, Peru
  • 19. Chila, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 20. Isolina, Lima, Peru
  • 21. Lasai, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 22. Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
  • 23. Maní, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 24. Mayta, Lima, Peru
  • 25. Harry Sasson, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 26. Evvai, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 27. Leo, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 28. Parador La Huella, José Ignacio, Uruguay
  • 29. Rafael, Lima, Peru
  • 30. Le Chique, Cancún, Mexico
  • 31. Nicos, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 32. De Patio, Santiago, Chile
  • 33., Mocotó, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 34. Gran Dabbang, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 35. Mil, Cusco, Peru
  • 36. Máximo Bistrot, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 37. Mérito, Lima, Peru
  • 38. Osaka, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 39. El Baqueano, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 40, Narda Comedor, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 41. Restaurante 040, Santiago, Chile
  • 42. Maito, Panama City, Panama
  • 43. Aramburu, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 44. Manu, Curitiba, Brazil
  • 45. La Mar, Lima, Peru
  • 46. Ambrosía, Santiago, Chile
  • 47. El Preferido de Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 48. Nuema, Quito, Ecuador
  • 49. Celele, Cartagena, Colombia
  • 50. Corrutela, São Paulo, Brazil

Veja São Paulo picks best restaurants for 2020

Despite Covid-19 and lockdown Veja São Paulo has still managed to produce its annual guide to São Paulo’s bars and restaurants and pick its best in a number of categories.

As a taster the top three for Brazilian cuisine in São Paulo are Jiquitaia, Tordesilhas and Banzeiro; for contemporary it is D.O.M., Maní and Corrutela; for meat, Varanda (photo), Rubaiyat and Templo da Carne Marcos Bassi; for French, Bistrot Parigi, Chef Rouge and Président; for Italian, Evvai, Picchi and Fasano; for Trattoria, Lido Amici, di Amici, Moma (Modern Mamma Osteria) and Antonietta Cucina; for Pizza, Deveras Pizza, Carlos and Leggera; for Japanese, Kan Suke, Shin-Zushi and Murakami; for Portuguese, Tasca da Esquina, Costa Nova and Quinta de Santa Maria; and for Arab, Monte Líbano, Miski and Farabbud.

São Paulo retains Formula 1 Grand Prix

The Mayor of São Paulo, supported by the Governor of the State, has signed a new five year contract, with a possible five year extension, to continue to host a Formula One  Grand Prix in the city. 

The race is now to be called the São Paulo Grand Prix, rather than the Brazilian Grand Prix, presumably to leave the door open for Rio de Janeiro to build a new circuit to host a Brazilian Grand Prix.

The 2020 Brazilian GP, scheduled originally for 15 November 2020, was cancelled like many races due to Covid-19, but São Paulo is provisionally, at least until the ink dries, on the 2021 schedule to host a race on Sunday, 14 November 2021.

The decision should be popular with the Formula 1 teams given the size of the Brazilian market for many of the sponsors.

44th Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo

The votes have been counted, at least at the 44th Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo, where the official jury chose Arie Esiri and Chuko Esiri’s richly woven tale of city life “Eyimofe” (This Is My Desire) from Nigeria as the best feature (fiction), and Davy Rothbart’s “17 Blocks”, from the US, as best documentary.

The popular vote went for Mohammad Rasoulof’s Sheytan “Vojud Nadarad” (There Is No Evil), the German /  Iranian production that won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, as best international feature (fiction), and David France’s “Welcome to Chechnya“, from the US, as best documentary. The public also chose Cássio Pereira dos Santos’ “Valentina” as best Brazilian feature (fiction), and Joyce Prado’s “Chico Rei Entre Nós” as best Brazilian documentary, a film that also received a special mention from the official jury. Congratulations to all. The virtual festival managed to screen a total of 199 films. 

Michelin Starred restaurants in Rio & São Paulo 2020

Michelin has announced the restaurants in Rio and São Paulo to be awarded the prestigious Michelin Star for 2020. With two stars are Oro and Oteque in Rio de Janeiro and D.O.M. and Ryo Gastronomia in São Paulo. One Star was awarded to Cipriani, Lasai and Mee in Rio; and Evvai, Huto, Jun Sakamoto, Kan Suke, Kinoshita, Maní and Picchi in São Paulo.

In “Michelin 2020 Bib Gourmand,” the category that recognises more informal restaurants with good quality and good value cooking, six restaurants in Rio de Janeiro are listed in the 2020 Michelin Guide (Artigiano, Didier, Miam Miam, Lilia, Pici Trattoria, and Maria e o Boi) and 33 in São Paulo (AE! Cozinha, Ama.zo, Arturito, Baianeira, Balaio IMS, Banzeiro, Barú Marisquería, Le Bife, Bio, Bistrot de Paris, Brasserie Victória, Casa do Porco, Casa Santo Antônio, Cepa, Charco, Corrutela, Ecully – Perdizes, Fitó, Kith 2º Andar, Komah, Manioca, Mimo, Mocotó, Nit, Petí Gastronomia, Petí Americana, Piccolo, Più, Più Iguatemi, Tanit, TonTon, Tordesilhas, and Zena Caffè).

According to Michelin 85%, as of 20 September 2020 of Michelin Starred restaurants worldwide at 35 destinations are currently open for dining either inside or outside. In Brazil 72% of the Michelin Starred restaurants are now open, but in the US just 14% of Starred restaurants are welcoming guests again. In Europe, Belgium has 95% of its Michelin Starred restaurants back open; in Spain and Portugal, the percentages have risen to 86% and 93% respectively; while the UK it is at 73%.

110 Years on from the visit of Corinthian-Casuals

110 years ago, between 22 August and mid-September 1910, Corinthian-Casuals Football Club made its first tour of Brazil, and on 1 September 1910, Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, now one of Brazil’s most famous and successful football clubs, was born based on an admiration of some Paulistas for the elegant play of the Corinthians.

It was on 24 August 1910 that Corinthian Casuals played its first game against Fluminense in Rio, winning 10-1. The next game was against a Rio XI and saw Corinthians score eight to their opponents’ one. The next day there was a cricket match, played against the English Cricket Club, which ended in a draw. The final football match in Rio on 28 August was against a Brazilian National team and saw the game end in a 5-2 win for Corinthians.

The team then moved on to São Paulo at the invitation of former Corinthian Charles Miller, the man credited with introducing football to Brazil, and won all three games. Beating Associacão Atlética das Palmeiras (no relation to the current Palmeiras) 2-0 on 31 August; Paulistano 5-0 on 2 September; and São Paulo AC 8-2 on 4 September. Miller scoring one of the SPAC goals.

Corinthians returned to Brazil in 1913 and 1914. Upon arrival in 1913, Corinthians played Rio de Janeiro in their first match, losing 1-2, their only defeat on the tour. They won 4-0 against the Estrangeiros, the final game in Rio seeing Corinthians beat the Brasilieros 2-1. In Sao Paulo, Corinthians won two games against MacKenzie College and Club Athletico Paulistano before being held by Associação Atlética das Palmeiras. The crowds on this tour were all between 6,000 and 10,000 which highlighted what popular visitors they were.

The 1914 tour sadly resulted in no matches being played due to the outbreak of the First World War, which meant the players returned to Britain almost as soon as they arrived.

Learn more about the Corinthian-Casuals, that are based in Surrey, at: www.corinthian-casuals.com