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Cuisine: Brazilian, Latin, Local Specialty
Price Range: $$$$
Santa Teresa is fast becoming the destination of choice for interesting dining options, and Espirito Santa is a firm favorite on the neighborhood's dining scene. Chef Natacha Fink has created a menu... Read More
Santa Teresa is fast becoming the destination of choice for interesting dining options, and Espirito Santa is a firm favorite on the neighborhood's dining scene. Chef Natacha Fink has created a menu that makes good use of fresh ingredients from across Brazil, including Amazonian piranha and hearts of palm. Even the drinks list has a tropical flavor, with native fruits such as cupuacu used in place of the standard lime and mixed with cachaca (sugar cane rum) to make an interesting take on the traditional Brazilian caiprinha. The building itself, a handsome colonial building dating back to 1875, is another point in the restaurant's favour, with the small balcony providing the best seats in the house on warm evenings.
- Santa Teresa's Best Restaurants: "Try the mixed entree platter - while ingredients vary according to the season, it usually includes grilled palm hearts served with a delicious chutney made from Acai, the Amazonian 'power berry' renowned for its energising properties."
- Best for Santa Teresa's Best Restaurants Because: For a taste of deliciously diverse native Brazilian ingredients, this is the place.