Restaurante Chi Fu

Home to what's considered the largest Japanese community outside Japan, São Paulo is blessed with hundreds of Japanese restaurants, serving sukiyaki, ramen and sushi galore. Search for Chinese food, however, and options become limited. The city’s best is at Chi Fu. Specializing in the northern Chinese cuisine of Guangzhou, the restaurant offers a true cultural experience. The waitresses don’t speak Portuguese or English, only Chinese, and the dishes are delicious. An elevator carries an almost exclusively Chinese clientele between two golden floors, wallpapered with mesmerizing images of the Forbidden City. There are a mind-blowing 201 dishes on the menu, and if you can’t speak Mandarin, you’ll need to point at the images to order. Consider the carp swimming in ginger, steamed mustard leaf, battered shrimp, and rice noodles with a sweet sauce and mixed seafood. This isn’t the place for a romantic date. Unless you are part of a large party, expect to share one of the vast circular tables, complete with lazy susan. Six diners at each table is the minimum.

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Praça Carlos Gomes, 200 - Liberdade, São Paulo - SP, 01501-040, Brazil
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Opening times
Mon: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
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