Day trip to the Mercadão, with lebanese food porn

Nov. 30, 2009, 8:32 a.m. | by Adriano Petrich | Categories: Brazil lebanese sao paulo | comments

Day trip to the Mercadão, with lebanese food porn

Nice Memories

São Paulo’s Municipal Market (Mercadão) was fun adventure when I was young.

It was a slightly creepy place. A little bit rundown, but with amazing stuff.

Some ten years ago I was almost punching cards there.. Every other Saturday I would be roaming the crowded aisles finding new stuff to try or buying food for the week.

It was not uncommon to find friends there and plan a big dinner on the spot.

A few years later it got a major rehaul.

The slightly creepness was gone and the place looked great. New restaurants were opened, it became an attraction.

Unfortunally by then it had lost a little bit of its charm for me. The prices had stepped a little and I was getting better produce at the local farmer’s market.


Great produce inspires greatly

Then A couple of years ago I was working in a company that was walking distance from the Mercadão.

We would have lunch there once a week, little by little the magic came back.

Hard to find spices like greek fennel and Kummel were available there.

So I did fell in good terms with the Mercadão.


Olive Oil, Cheese, Tripes and Fish

It was still more expensive for the things that you would normaly find at your farmer’s market, but what you don’t find there is where Mercadão shines.

Brazil nuts, Greek olive oil, Italian cheeses, German Beer, cherries(yeah) even wine were all great finds there.

Where do you go when you need tripe to make sausages? I don’t know.

There, they sell in bundles of 30 meters. I’m still building the nerve to make that much sausage.


The lebanese restaurant

Before the major rehaul there were few places to eat there and in my opnion only 2 foods:

Mortadella Sandwiches and Salted Cod Pasteis.

I am a big fan of the first and not much of the second, but still I would happly go there and eat my fill with one mortadella sandwich.

When the new restaurants opened after the overhaul it was more of the same.

Now it was four or five restaurants speciallizing in sandwiches and/or pasteis.

With one exception: A lebanese restaurant.


Lebanese food in São Paulo

As I said in other posts the Lebanese have an important role in the food culture of my city. It is far more likely to a find food stand that serves sfiha than one that doesn’t here.

It doesn’t serve pure lebanese food, it serves sfihas alongside other Brazilian foods.

It came to be that I was in the Mercadão for lunch and with an appetite for lebanese food.


Flirting with disaster

The first time that I went there I was impressed by the menu and specially with the food.

They had some lamb dishes and the falafels were delicious, everything was fine until the bill came:

They didn’t accept debit cards, and I had no money on me. They were very friendly and I went downstairs to get money on the ATM.

Since then they are accepting all major credit and debit cards.


Last Friday

We ordered some oven kibbeh, labneh (strained yogurt), a zatar sfiha a fatouch salad and some falafel.

The food did not disapoint us.

The kibbeh had a cashew nut on top of it, which was a nice twist (that I intend to steal use).

But the best combo was the zatar sfiha with a dollop of the labneh..

Credit where it is due1:

Raful restaurant

3227-1426

Rua da cantareira 306

1I am not affiliated in anyway to the restaurant and/or received incentive to write this.

 
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