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Aqui você vai encontrar boa comida - de restaurantes, bares, ou lá de casa mesmo; acompanhada de cervejas, vinhos, cachaças, e tudo o que pudermos indicar de melhor (em nossa opinião, é claro). Bem-vindo (a)!
3. We Would Not Recommend
3.1 ***D.O.M., R. Barao de Capanema 549, (01411-011) Jardins Paulista, tel (55-11) 3088-0761, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, and web: www.domrestaurante.com.br We spent R$387.52, an eyepopping US$233.45 for one degustcao menu of 4 courses, plus cheese and dessert (R$195). We ordered one bottle of Alta Vista Malbec '05 R$115 (more expensive than it was worth), 2 agua R$8, and 2 couvert 2 x R$14 = R$28. The room is nice but the banquette is not comfortable. The one English speaker, Mariana, at the front of the house is very good (e-mail: email@example.com) and attentive in describing dishes. The manager is an old-fashioned grump. The meal got off to an in-auspicious start when we requested to have only one degustation menu. Mariana said that was not permitted because the meal is perfectly calabrated for one appetite. We told her that we can't each eat a whole meal and that we have been able to split one degustastion menu everywhere else we had asked. We asked her to ask the Chef, Alex Atala. She said he was in London so she asked the manager. The manager said no. When we told them we were only going to order one degustation menu and share it at our table (or leave), they relented. We were able to tell the kitchen that we prefer fish (to meat) for the menu. The one degustation menu, by the way, was too much food for us and very easy for us to share ourselves (allowing the kitchen to create and present the dish perfectly as conceptualized). Interestingly, Alex Atala was in London getting a Restaurant Magazine award for 40th best restaurant (out of 50) in the world for 2008. He had been down-graded from 2007 when D.O.M. was 38th. We don’t think the restaurant should be on the list at all. We think that Alex has lost whatever “touch’ he had. The meal had some good dishes but overall is was not good and certainly D.O.M. should not have 3 stars da qualidade da cozinha by Guia Quatro Rodas Brasil 2008. Rating: 5/10
The couvert (about which the Economist Magazine City Guide Sao Paulo said: "His food generally lives up to the hype, except the couvert, a rather bland offering that should be declined.") included bread, roasted garlic, a good yoghurt, a Brazilian roasted pepper and a tuna fish salad (that Dimitri said tasted like canned) with a kind of unusual herb in it. (R$14 x 2 =R$28). We ordered an Alta Vista Gran Reserva ’05 (R$115). It was served at 16° (we were told) and it was too cold. The first course of the degustation menu was very good. It was called "Jambo" and Flowers Salad with fish and squid in a delicious orange sauce with flower shavings on top. We also liked the second plate: the Foie gras was good with cruchy wild rice, hazelnut, cambuci sorbet in an excellent consommé of bonito. The third plate we did not like (and had it been on the menu we would have told Mariana to exclude it). It was a bacalhau with soy sauce, tapenade, breadcrumbs and tomato. We have never liked bacalao and we can’t say whether this dish would be considered good by an aficionado. The next plate was on the menu and described as: “Sous Vide Cooked Zebu Hump with mashed potatoes, perfumed with pequi”. The cooking process is supposed to get rid of the fat on this piece of shoulder meat. It did not. It was like eating a piece of gelatinous fat. This was not a good dish. The next plate was a pasty potato concoction that was served, with a flourish, as if it was dondurma ice cream from Turkey. It was cold and the texture and taste were awful. The dessert was an ice cream with a flavor that we couldn’t identify. We didn’t ask whether the restauant has decaffeinated coffee, we just wanted to get out.