When I got to São Paulo, it was recommended to me that I go to Casa Jaya in Jardim Paulista. This place is pretty progressive for Brazil, featuring an all vegetarian kitchen.
They call themselves an eco-cultural center, housing a small retail shop, workshops and even yoga classes. They’re open for lunch, and I recommend sitting out in the backyard garden, it’s just adorable and peaceful.
So, the menu changes daily, only offering one entree option. So, find the item of the day of the week you like, if not all of them, and you’re good to go. First, you’re off to their salad bar, included with your entree. This was one of the most incredible salad bars I’ve seen. All fresh, unique and loads of options. This ain’t no Golden Corral funky iceburg lettuce bar. And, you can go back as many times as you’d like.
This was my pretty veggie plate, and yes, I ate all of it. I would have gone back for seconds, but, I wanted to save room for my entree, of course.
Well, I truly lucked out, when I was there, it was Feijoada day (feijoda da vegana com farofa, couve e arroz integtal, tofu assado ao molho madeira, batata assada e arroz integral). This was so awesome! Feijoada is typically a meat like stew, so, to have a vegetarian option that I could try, was really great. You can eat each element separately, or, combine to build a hearty stew. The beans, potato and tofu combination was really flavorful and delicious. I really enjoyed the braised greens as well, and the rice might have been some of the best rice I’ve ever had. It was tender, yet fluffy, soft and flavorful. The farofa was excellent too.
Name: Casa Jaya
Location: R. Capote Valente, 305 – Jardim Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Hell yes! I was raving about this place the rest of my trip. It really is a vegetarian’s paradise (and, even if you’re not veggie too).
Would I recommend it? Yes, doesn’t matter what day you go, I’m sure it’ll be amazing. But, you should try to make it over on a Wednesday, which is Feijoada day. Holla!