Bagatelle São Paulo

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So, passing a very inviting restaurant patio, and looking for somewhere nice to have lunch, we were sold on the patio alone. Not even realizing the name of the restaurant, it wasn’t until we were handed menus that read “Bagatelle” that I realized why I felt so at home, as if I were back in NYC. Bagatelle has locations from LA to St Tropez, and also Jardim Paulista, Sao Paulo. 

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Trendy, and with a bit of an upscale vibe, they really do an excellent job here from service, to presentation, to food. To start, we ordered their White Sangria. It was light, refreshing, and had a nice crispness and sweetness from the fruits.

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Then, you’re brought some bread. But not just a standard bread basket, lovely, fresh French Bread with spreads (salted butter, pate, tapenade). The bread was crunchy on the outside and soft and pillowy on the inside. I especially loved the tapenade with this. 

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For lunch, they offer a prix fixe option for an extremely affordable price of 45 R (only about $20). For my appetizer, I had a Couscous Salad. This was amazing. It was light and delicate, yet the perfect starting portion. The couscous was flavorful and tender, complimented by the freshness and crispness of the lettuce.  

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For my entree, I had the Peche du Jour (Red Snapper, zucchini carpaccio, zucchini chips). This was incredible. First off, I was really surprised by the generous portion size of the Red Snapper. Did I mention that all of this (including the dessert I’ll discuss later) was only $20? The fish was lightly fried on the outside, giving it a savory, light crunch on the outside. Inside, it was light and flakey with excellent flavor. I really enjoyed the zucchini-two-ways here too. You get the fresh version, thinly sliced, and then the crisp, crunchy, salted zucchini chips.

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Then, for dessert, I had their Cheescake a la Banane (banana cheesecake, ginger crust, banana brûlée, banana anglaise). This dessert was bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s. I know, old song, but this was seriously an incredible piece of cake. The cheesecake itself was rich, creamy, with the perfect density. There was an excellent banana flavor that came through, enhanced too from the compliments of the brûlée and anglaise. Not to mention that the crust was buttery and delicious. 

The Shorts:
Name: Bagatelle
Location: R. Father John Manuel, 950 – Jardim Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? In a New York Minute. I mean, a Sao Paulo minute? Doesn’t have the same kind of ring, but, just like its NYC counterpart, I would absolutely return. 
Would I recommend it? Without a doubt. Get yourself over to that patio and enjoy one of the most delightful lunches al fresco. 

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Junior’s Cheesecake

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So, I recently read a Thrillist article, “15 Things You Didn’t Know About Junior’s Cheesecake“, and thought, well, I know one thing…I haven’t had it yet! And after reading the article, I was pretty impressed with some of the facts. I even almost forgot about when Diddy had his reality show band walk to Brooklyn to get him a slice. So, I figured, it was probably due time to get a slice of my own. Luckily, I didn’t have to walk to Brooklyn to get it, I could just visit the shop they have at Grand Central

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Event though they’re famous for their cheesecake, they also serve food in their restaurant and offer a variety of baked goods. But let’s be real, I’m here for the cheesecake. I also saw that Junior’s had a throw down with Eileen’s, which I’ve visited before, and…Junior’s won. Time to taste test for myself.

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I ordered their Plain Cheesecake. Holy Cow, who’s milk makes the cream cheese that makes the cheesecake. This is certainly a legit piece of cheesecake. It’s a bit dense, but, it’s rich and creamy and velvety soft. It’s perfectly sweet with this great vanilla flavor that presents itself. I also really like the bottom, they use a spongy cake, contrary to many cheesecakes with a graham crust, because, as they put it, it’s a cake, not a pie. 

The Shorts:
Name: Junior’s Cheesecake
Location: Grand Central, Main Concourse, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Uhh…yeah. Hell, I might even walk to the Brooklyn Store for it after all. 
Would I recommend it? Definitely. And if you can’t make it to NYC, you can order them online