Monday is a tough day. In addition to marking the end of the weekend fun, it is also the day when many restaurants close their doors, complicating the life of those who want or need to dine out.
In the last four Mondays, the “Guia” toured the city searching for good restaurants with open doors for dinner. And he evaluated the movement of several of them to prove that the second gastronomic experience is far from monotony. The day can be the perfect day to visit with some tranquility places that accumulate queues on weekends, such as Mocotó, Carlos Pizza, the Chinese Hou, or the Eataly complex. Or even to discover the neighbors of modern houses that, yes, have queues even on Mondays – like Piccolo, which is just a few steps from the always disputed Le Jazz.
“I think it’s important to work on Mondays. After all, people eat every day,” says Jefferson Rueda, chef at Casa do Porco, one of the restaurants that open (and sell out) on Mondays. See the “Guide” selection and enjoy the week from the.
Spiced pork rib, cauliflower puree, peas and carrots by Factorio Emmanuel Gonçalves/Publishing
alternatives certain to Monday
The gastronomic center attracts queues and queues on weekends, but it can be quieter on Monday nights, as verified by the report on the night of 13/11. In addition to a vegetable shop, an emporium, and a bakery, the space houses seven restaurants – the Rossopomodoro pizzeria alone was full, with only one empty table. In the others, there was plenty of free space.
Av. Pres. Juscelino Kubitschek, 1.489, Vila Nova Conceição, southern region, tel. 3279-3300. 5,000 people. Monday to Thursday. And Sun.: 8 am to 11 pm. Fri and Sat: 8 am to midnight.
The cozy Chinese house was quiet on the Black Consciousness holiday (11/20). Although the hall on the ground floor had almost all the tables occupied, there was no waiting, and the service was swift. Four Flavors Pork mixes sweet, savory, and spicy with pork, vegetables, and wood ear mushrooms from Si Chuan province. Do as in China and accompany the meal with a portion of white rice and jasmine tea.
R. Cap. Manuel Novaes, 203, Santana, northern region, tel. 2976-2559. 88 posts. Mon., have. And Thurs.: 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Fri and Sat: 12:00 to 14:30 and 18:30 to 23:00. Sunday: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm
In Paraíso, the restaurant dedicated to lamen, an oriental pasta immersed in broth, attracts queues, especially on weekends and colder days. On November 6, the report verified, by telephone, that the house had empty tables for those who wanted to know the cozy recipes offered by the place, which can receive ingredients such as loin cup, bamboo, nori, chives, and boiled egg.
R. Dr. Rafael de Barros, 262, Paraíso, southern region, tel. 3262-1654. 42 seats. Mon to Fri: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Sat.: 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm.
Even the bustling Vila Madalena lacks options on Monday nights, making the Lebanese kitchen –open every day– a strategic bet. On the night of the 11/20 holiday, about 80% of the tables were occupied, so it was a hop to sit down and sample starters, like goat cheese sfirra and mains, like pumpkin kebab. The restaurant also earns points for those who don’t want to start the week by spending too much: it offers several half-portion dishes.
R. Girassol, 523, Vila Madalena, west region, tel. 3032-5939. 74 seats. Mon. to Thu.: 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Friday: 12pm to 3:30pm and 6:30pm to midnight. Sat.: midnight to midnight. Sunday: 12:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
ALWAYS IN A QUEUE
Tables played and waiting, including on Mondays
It was cold on Monday 13/11 when the reporter waited an hour for a table in the famous Italian neighborhood of Itaim. The drink ordered to pass the time took about 20 minutes to reach the sidewalk, and the service at the table was somewhat sparse. Raw meat is a good starter option for Arrosto, a veal accompanied by polenta taragna and funghi trifolati.
R. Jerônimo da Veiga, 30, Jardim Europa, southern region, tel. 3368-6863. 68 seats. Mon. to Thu.: 12 pm to 3 pm and 7 pm to midnight. Fri.: 12 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 1 am. Sat.: 12 pm to 5 pm and 7 pm to 1 am. Sunday: 12:00 to 22:00.
At the trendy restaurant that never goes out of style until Monday, it feels like Saturday. On the night of 6/11, even with the cold and rain, many people waited on the outside benches – around 9:30 pm – for one of the disputed tables in the room. If the expectation of waiting scared at first, at least the waiter was right: it took exactly 40 minutes to sit down and be able to eat tasty dishes such as spaghettini trifoliate (with shrimp and mushrooms). It wasn’t until around 11 pm that the house began to empty.
Al. Min. Rocha Azevedo, 72, Cerqueira César, west region, tel. 3283-0946. 100 seats. Mon to Fri: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm to 1:00 am. Sat.: 12 pm to 5 pm and 7:30 pm to 1 am. Sunday: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm to midnight.
The restaurant won over the public with its plentiful makes at affordable prices. With that, it accumulates lines until Mondays. On November 20, a public holiday, the reporter visited the venue at 9:30 pm and waited about 30 minutes to get settled in the room, full of couples, groups of friends, and families. The customer views the menu on a tablet and orders on the device, but the food is delivered by waiters.
R. Serra do Japi, 1436, Tatuapé, eastern region, tel. 2268-0889. 90 seats. Mon to Fri: 4 pm to midnight. Sat.: midnight to midnight.
Z Deli Sandwich Shop
The cafeteria, which lives with the small salon and sidewalk crowded, has no day or quiet time. Even about 25 minutes before the end of work, the time of the report’s visit on 11/13, there were still people squeezing for succulent options, such as fries with pastrami, cheddar, and sour cream. To refresh the wait, the lemonade with currant is surprising.
R. Haddock Lobo, 1386, Cerqueira Cesar, western region, tel. 3083-0021. Monday to Thursday. And Sun.: 12:00 to 24:00. Fri and Sat: 12:00 to 1:00.
Some restaurants always have a queue. No luck? jump to the house next door
Casa do Porco Bar
Run by chef Jefferson Rueda, the address specializing in pork is a hit any day of the week. On 10/30, at 9.30 pm, there was a wait of an hour and a half for two people. While they wait, patrons can snack on snacks served in a small window in their own house – or jump to one of the neighboring addresses.
R. Araújo, 124, República, central region, tel. 3258-2578. 57 posts. Mon to Sat: 12:00 to 24:00. Sunday: 12:00 to 17:00.
A few meters from the Casa do Porco, on top of the Esther building, is Olivier Anquier’s French cooking house. On the same day, 30/10, there was no waiting – a chance to taste the marrow roasted with mushrooms and hazelnuts accompanied by the Monaco drink (made with beer and pomegranate syrup) overlooking the central region.
R. Basilio da Gama, 29, Republic, central region, tel. 3256-1009. 84 seats. Mon to Thu: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Fri.: 12 pm to 3 pm and 6 pm to midnight. Sat.: midnight to midnight. Sunday: 12:00 to 17:00.
Le Jazz Brasserie
Hit on Rua dos Pinheiros, and a bistro is a great option for Monday nights. Just don’t count on finding an available table. On Monday 11/13, at 9:30 pm, the waiter made a rather optimistic prediction of an hour’s wait — there were nine tables upfront on the list. Those who resist are rewarded with dishes such as farfalle with smoked salmon and sorrel.
R. dos Pinheiros, 254, Pinheiros, western region, tel. 2359-8141. 38 posts. Mon to Thu: 12:00 to 24:00. Fri: 12:00 to 1:00. Sat.: 12:30 to 1:00. Sunday: 12:30 pm to midnight.
Didn’t hunger give a break for the line at Le Jazz? Just steps away are the charming Piccolo. On the night of 13/11, the restaurant was busy, but there was no need to wait for a table. The second was happier with dishes such as potato cylinder plated octopus, chorizo emulsion, and broccoli pesto.
R. dos Pinheiros, 266, tel. 3213-8449. 48 posts. Mon.: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Tue to Fri: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. Sat.: 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. Sunday: 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
Modern Mamma Osteria
Next to Nino Cucina, Paulo Barros (former Aegean group) and chef Salvatore Loi have a full glass-enclosed room. On Monday, 13/11, the wait could reach 40 minutes. But, around 9:30 pm, a single empty table was waiting, hungry for Italian food offered on a lean menu with options to share, such as burrata board, raw ham, and crispy fried dough.
R. Manuel Guedes, 160, Jardim Europa, southern region, tel. 3078-2263. 100 seats. Mon to Thu: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm. Fri.: 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm to midnight. Sat.: 12 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to midnight. Sunday: 12:00 to 17:00.
Due Cuochi Cucina
On the same street, the craving for Italian food can be easily satisfied without a queue. With a bright lounge, the quieter neighbor offers options like tagliolini with tomato sauce, shrimp, Sicilian lemon, and arugula.
R. Manuel Guedes, 93, Jardim Europa, southern region, tel. 3083-0021. Mon to Thu: 12 pm to 3 pm and 7 pm to midnight. Sat.: 12 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 1 am. Sunday: 12:00 to 17:00.
MONDAY TO MONDAY
Houses that keep their doors open all week
Chef Paola Carosella’s house is open every day of the week – which doesn’t mean it has reduced movement on Mondays when it’s only open for dinner. The reporter called to check on the movement on 11/13 when there was a wait of an hour to an hour and a half for tables for two.
R. Arthur Azevedo, 542, Cerqueira César, west region, tel. 3063-4951. 56 seats. Mon.: 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm. Tue to Fri: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm. Sat.: 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm. Sunday: 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm.
One of the most popular pizzerias in the city, it is open from Sunday to Sunday, with tables being disputed. Mondays can be an option to discover the individual size pizzas at the place – on the day of the visit, 11/13, at 9 pm, the room was quite full, with couples and groups of friends, but not crowded. A good alternative is to try the zucchini round with mascarpone cheese and basil.
R. Harmonia, 501, Sumarezinho, western region, tel. 3813-2017. 50 seats. Mon to Sun: 6 pm to midnight.
The place has been a hit in the Rua Augusta region since it opened 20 years ago, and it’s open every day of the week. The place is very busy from 20:30. On 11/13, the house was full, but there was no waiting around 22:30. If there is a queue, it is compensated by the bar, where you can snack on items such as baskets stuffed with corn and chicken.
R. Fernando de Albuquerque, 277, Consolação, central region, tel. 3256-3165. 126 posts. Mon to Wed. and Sun.: 11:45 am to midnight. Thurs.: 11:45 am to 1:00 am. Fri and Sat: 11:45 am to 2:00 am.
Chef Rodrigo Oliveira’s main house is known for attracting audiences from all city corners to the north. On weekends, the clientele faces hours in line, where it is possible to have a snack and a drink before entering the salon. On the day of the visit, 11/6, the restaurant was full but not crowded – that is, Monday is a good bet to try dishes like baião de Dois with Nevada.
Av. Nossa Senhora do Loreto, 1100, Vila Medeiros, northern region, tel. 2951-3056. 130 seats. Mon to Fri: 12:00 to 23:00. Sat.: 11:30 am to 11:00 pm. Sunday: 11:30 am to 5 pm.