Less formal than you’d expect of an international top chef, the menu at Dalva is defined by feel-good classics like fried mandioca and dry meats between heaping of locally grown salads and exotic meat dishes. House favorites include a slow-roasted rotisserie chicken cooked on a specially made spit as well as a slow-cooked roast beef that sits for 7-hours in a low degree oven.
Its pedigree couldn't be better, owner Alex Atala owns nearby DOM that's become a Sao Paulo culinary right of passage. But for his sophomore eatery, which is presided over by chef Alain Poletto, Atala creates less of a culinary statement for fine dining than a feel-good destination defined by Brazilian traditional cruise and dressed-up street food. The space is a dazzler, in an even more architectural space than DOM composed of exotic Brazilian woods in an elegantly modern dining room construed of wide-plank tabletops and walls filled with crafts and collectibles that's consistently one of the top dinner reservations in Sao Paulo