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Charlô Bistrô: Awful service and unkind owners
I entirely disagree with the previous description of the restaurant, mainly regarding the service quality. Although the dishes are somehow tasty, the service is awful.
I have been to several three stars restaurants around the world and I have never experienced the following situation. When I was having my dessert with some foreign clients of mine, the partner of the chef told us that we should "hurry up", because she wanted to give our table to someone she deemed to be important.
Even if this person were actually "important", this kind of behaviour reflects a tipicaly third-worldish behaviour, which is still quite common among upper classe people in Brazil.
If you want taste French food with Brazilian taste, São Paulo is full of other options. I do not recommend this place at all!
Bistr? Charl?: Non Chalant Chic
After exploring old casseroles and forgotten recipes, Charl Whately defined the style of its elegant cauldron: French cuisine with Brazilian = grandma advices. It went through a complete remodeling in 2001 and is chic without being snobbish. It's architecture and decoration attracted the lens of the photographer Claudio Edinger, who clicked the restaurant for a Vanity Fair article last year. It
can be a place to "see and been seen" if you can take your attention away from the delicious Charl recipes.
The hours d'ouvre has good warm breads and a heavenly foie gras pate, great if paired with Rosemount Chardonnay (South Australia) 97. But don't go too heavy on the pate for great choices will follow and the Rosemary veal (veal rolls with rosemary and apricot filling, roti sauce and sided by gratin potatoes) is one of them. Talking about wines, don't expect too much. The bistro wine list is comprehensive but overpriced. The few reasonable priced options are not up to snuff.
If you plan on going, don't forget to make reservations. The place gets crowded and the restaurant crew can be quite discriminating with the = last minute, "reservation-less" folks.
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