By: M. Musa
Name: Tangará (Jean Georges)
Address: R. Dep. Laércio Corte, 1501 - Panamby, São Paulo - SP, 05706-290
Phone number: 4904-4040
Opening hours for Lunch: 12:30 - 15:00
Opening hours for Dinner: 19:00 - 23:00
For more than 4 years, I've been looking out of my window and seeing my favourite thing as a child being destroyed. There was an abandoned mansion on the park in front of my house. When I was about 7, I used to imagine stories or myths about the house. As I went to the park, I felt like an explorer and pretended I was in my own horror movie. The "haunted palace" was an enormous neglected mansion, it had all the doors locked and its structure was almost falling apart. It was there, deserted, for almost 15 years. It wasn't until one day in which I was in the park with my parents and I saw that the area was closed. They were turning the mansion into a 6-star hotel. From that day onwards, the 4 longest years of my life began.
The years passed, and I still looked every day out of the window, to the construction of what would be the best hotel of São Paulo. When it finally got ready earlier this year, I felt obligated to be one of the first people to visit. So, on the day of my 14th birthday, my parents took me to have lunch at the Tangará restaurant by chef Jean Georges, located in the brand-new hotel; Palacio Tangará.
As I approached the hotel, I felt in a place far away from São Paulo. The building looked like a real palace and the nature around it was very impressive. The staff welcomed me warmly into the hotel, and as I gave my first step inside, the place had already caught my attention. The interior decoration was amazing, with a touch of a delicate that made it a very sophisticated hotel. After looking around for about half an hour, I couldn't wait to see the Jean Georges restaurant. The restaurant itself was very accommodating. There were large windows that displayed beautiful trees and plants, almost like a little oasis. There were many tables, and the decoration of the salon was very thoughtful and pretty.
The chef of the restaurant; Jean Georges, is known worldwide and has several Michelin restaurants in places including: New York, Singapore and Paris. As stated by by him, his inspiration for the Tangará menu, comes from exotic cuisine from when he was in Asia. The menu complements a range of different meats and exotic foods cooked in a flourishing way. The chef has also added a touch of the best Brazilian ingredients. The menu offers incredible plates, perfect for both lunch and dinner.
When the waiter came with the menu, I was excited and amazed by the delicious plates the restaurant served. If it was possible I would have asked for everything in the menu, but it was clear that wasn't going to happen. The entrees were delicious, and there were options from salads, caviar, burrata and shrimp to soups and sushi and tartars. My family asked for the crispy salmon sushi, the burrata and the shrimp salad to start. The food didn't take long to arrive and after 15 minutes the plates were in our table. The sushi was one of the best I have ever had: it was very crunchy, the fish was fresh and the dressing was very light and tasteful. The Burrata was also impressive, it melted at every bite I gave. The shrimp salad was also one of the best salads I've ever ate. Its honey seasoning was very tasty and the perfectly cooked shrimps went very well with the salad.
It was then time to choose the main courses, they were also very hard to choose. The menu had a section for pastas and risottos, a section for meat and a section for fish. All of the plates came with sides and amazing garnishes. I choose the entrecote with the habanero hot sauce and crispy onions. My mother went for the prawns with green curry and squash, and my father chose the parmesan cheese risotto with mushrooms. The main courses came in about half an hour. The steak was cooked the way I like, the onions were crunchy and the hot sauce was very appetizing. The other plates were also amazing and cooked perfectly, served with differentiated sides.
The desserts were also special. There were cakes, fudges and ice creams to sweeten my day. The chocolate cake with ice cream was my favourite from the place. It was warm, smooth and the chocolate sauce went perfectly well with it. From that day on, the restaurant Tangará by Jean Georges became my favourite in São Paulo.