A Figueira Rubayat shows off what Sao Paulo does really well: Restaurants. The restaurant itself is huge and what's really surprising is they pack it out. You see large warehouse-sized restaurants in LA, but they are never packed to the gills. The ambiance is incredible, of course the fig tree, from which the restaurant gets it's name. They service is impressive, complete with ironed shirts and black ties. We had ordered some pork rinds and warm nuts, while enjoying some sangria and waiting for our table. Then they served a couvert, with buffalo mozzarella sundried tomatos, white fish, all kinds of things! It was great, but by this time, you're already full. I would suggest passing on the covert and appetizers. Wait for the fresh bread they serve you with incredible presentation. I split the fajita-style seafood plate with my girlfriend. A must.
TIP: Don't pass on the cafezihno. It is served with a cake platter filled with an array of delicate treats!
Okay, this is suppose to be the holy place for steaks in Sao Paulo. So I had to pay my homage since this is the second time I am in town. I was dying for some fine dinning after a long trip. I have to say the food was not up to my expectation of a fine dinning restaurant. I have definitely had better steak than the ribeye we got (Australian). The complimentary appetizers were actually the highlight of the meal.
The steak was heavily salted and the meat quality for a ribeye was not impressive at all, it was a bit chewier than it should be and definitely should have had more flavor than just rock salt. To compare, if you know what Costco is, you can get a ribeye from costco and grill it on your own grill and probably going to taste the same if not better.
The atmosphere was however very nice. Love the big tree growing through the restaurant.
Went to this restaurant with a business partner.
Food was great. Beef is very good.
No doubt the place is beautiful.
As with everything in Brazil - it's expensive.
Dessert table is impressive.
I would definitely go back.
Careful with the wine. In general wine in Brazil is very expensive.
Other than that... awesome. Love the tree that the restaurant is built around.
I'm really into Figueira. It's a very nice restaurant with great food, and it is an amazing place to take visitors.
As mentioned, the ambiance is great. There is a phenomenal tree that the restaurant was built around. It is a large area with lots of seats. If there is a wait to sit, don't fret, you can go to the bar next door (attached) and grab a cocktail and appetizer. I'm a huge fan of the bolinhos de bacalhau (salted cod balls deep fried).
If you don't speak Portuguese and aren't with anyone who does, you can ask for a menu in English. Take your time going over it, because there is a lot to choose from!
Your waiter will come around and offer you a large spread of appetizers. Tapenades, cheese, etc. It is very large. It's nice if you are with a large group, but if it is only a couple of you, it can fill you up, so be careful. Also, if you accept it, you pay for it. Remember, you don't HAVE to take it. My husband and I usually pass when it is just the two of us.
One of my absolute favorite salads here is the arugula salad with the pan roasted palm heart. It comes out looking almost like a fish, but it is a perfectly cooked palm heart. The servings are large. This last trip, my husband and I split both the salad and the entrée, so the photos will reflect half portions.
For the main course, we got a pan cooked bacalhau that comes with some veggies on the side, and ordered an extra side of broccoli rice.
The food was perfect and the staff was pleasant. I always have a great night when I come here.
When I travel to Sao Paulo for business back in Nov, found this place on yelp and seem like very popular.
So I had my driver took me there, it was late, approx 10pm, but the place still pretty busy, I don't have any problem getting a table.
Server speak very little English, and I got the manager, thought it will be better, unfortunately he also speak very little English, but their a English version menu, all you have to do is ask for one.
I got to say, whatever you do, try their cheese brand, they are so.....good, but don't eat too much of that or you will not have room for your dinner. lol
I been to many great restaurants, but this is one of the kind that I will definitely put it on my list, why?
Well, the restaurant it self built around and under this huge tree. Yes, live tree.
Since Sao Paulo don't really have winter time, so the dinning area is always outdoor.
I ordered the steak since they are famous on that, it was so....good, no wonder why everyone is giving 5* on here.
I highly recommend if you do visit Sao Paulo, try this place out, but is not cheap, I think I paid almost $200 Rio by myself, which is approx $90.00 in USD, and I also recommend call in for the reservation, but if you don't speak any Portuguese, have the hotel front desk call for you.
Will definitely go back
In the middle of Brazil's largest dangerous city is the unexpected. A restaurant built around an over 100 year old Fig Tree. It is quite simply spectacular and humbling to be in the prescence of such a living force of nature. The place is mostly covered by a glass roof and the space is humungus.
It's basically a steakhouse with excellent meat, but they have some great local fish specials and an oyster bar. Plus local Brazil dishes like the stew etc.It is on the high end but well worth the experience.
When I was there at night it was raining cats n dogs.
Protected by the canopy nestled near nature's gentle giant with some local Brazilian pals polishing off a bottle of Alma Viva a Chilean Red all was right with the world.
Note: If you travel Brazil you need someone who speaks Portuguese.Once you get outside the two big cities-and even in Sao Paulo-no one speaks English.
I brought my customers countless times. Especially those from outside of Brazil. One of the finest restaurant for meat. A bit pricy and that is why it is good for business occasions. Vegetables that accompany are excellent. Spinach, Potato. mushroom....
You can try any plates or ask servers who can explain really well. They are very well trained and friendly. Their wine selections are always good!
Reluctantly I give 5 stars, although I can't say it wowed me. My husband would give it a 4 star rating.
The food was great, and the ambience is really cool. However, the seating area is exposed to the outdoors in a very beautiful setting with a tree set in the middle. However, I was cold. I had them turn on a heater near me, but I was uncomfortable for a while and had uneven hot and cold side.
I had the rib eye (lessimo or something like that--called the heart of the rib eye) and my husband had the other rib eye listed that was priced higher. His was significantly better. I wish I had known.
Their wine list is very pricey, but you are definitely at a fine dining restaurant. It doesn't stand out much from the street but the inside is beautiful.
Dessert was ok. We had chocolate cake that was more dense like a cheesecake than a cake. It was good but I'm glad we split it.
I think everyone should go once if you can afford it. However, you'll spend about 175-300$R per person. My taxi driver said that Bill Clinton loves this place and helped to make it famous.
So very good. High 4 or low 5 stars. Oh yeas, the music they played there is horrible!! The should definitely change it.
great steakhouse.. even for a veggie!! The ambience is perfect for a good dinner with friends or business
If you are in Sao Paolo you have to go here. Even if just for a drink. To see that 200 year old tree, or however old it is.....
Oh, the food is pretty good too. I had fish but cannot recall what exactly I ordered. Service and food was excellent.
Nice setting under the spreading limbs of a giant tree, but still under cover. Very delicious octopus special wowed me - definitely somewhere to go back and work through the menu!
A much heralded restaurant. Here is the low down: great but not excellent food. Service: pathetic! Lots of staff walking around but scant, if any, engagement. At these New York prices I am underwhelmed. Sorry but no cigar!
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