KØD

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Burgers. Super American, right? Well, they’ve got them all over Brazil, you can find them at many luncheonettes, but, there really aren’t any stand-alone burger joints. Now, in Vila Magdalene, Sao Paulo, you can go to newly opened KOD Burgers, and I went on the opening night.

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This quick serve restaurant focus on all homemade ingredients, without frills. The menu will change occasionally from day to day, depending on what ingredients are in play that day. Vegetarians and vegans can also dine in with at least one veggie option every day.

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Since I don’t eat meat, I went for their vegetarian option that day, the Chick Chick (Burger vegano de grão-de-bico, tofu e curry). Now, the group I went with all had the beef burgers and loved them. So, I have to think they’re doing something right. However, I didn’t really love my veggie burger as much. I can respect the fact that it’s all made in house, using fresh and local ingredients. And, since it isn’t the only variation of veggie burgers that they offer (although it was that night), they might have tastier options to be tried. 

The Shorts:
Name: KØD
Location: Rua Mourato Coelho 1134 São Paulo, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Personally, might not be my spot.
Would I recommend it? For meat eaters and burger enthusiasts, yes. There was a lot of positive feedback on the beef patties. 

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Chez Oscar

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Brunch is a culture all of its own. And it’s not just a thing in the states, it’s just a big in Sao Paulo. As a recommendation, I was told I needed to check out Chez Oscar in Jardins. 

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Head upstairs, and prepare to be impressed by the restaurant’s decor and aesthetic. Rustic wood tables, candle-wax dripped wall, and strewn market lights are some of the things that make up this restaurant. 

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To start, I ordered their Aged Honey Daiquiri (rum, organic honey and lemon). Now, I’m not really a rum person, but the aged honey part is what got me. Well, it wasn’t as sweet as I would hope it would be, but it was definitely potent. Might not be my top pick for a drink the next time, but, certainly a decent cocktail. 

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For my entree I ordered the Nicoise Salad (green leaves, cucumber, artichoke, organic tomato, Dutch pod, green peppers, roasted potatoes, black olives, white beans, boiled egg and tuna). I really loved this salad. It was abundant in its ingredients, making for a salad that won’t leave you hungry. Everything here was fresh and tasty and the tuna was nicely marinated, giving it a great flavor.

The Short:
Name: Chez Oscar
Location: Rua Oscar Freire, 1128 Jardins, Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, I’m obsessed with the look of the restaurant and the food was really great.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. Great neighborhood, great service, great spot.