Manacá. No other restaurant on the coast of São Paulo state is better known or more reputable. It's been around forever and is a favourite of well-to-do paulistas. At dusk, the setting is magical: elevated passarelles cross thick tropical foliage and deliver guests to an open-air restaurants with separate dining areas.
Don't be fooled by the menu focusing on fish and seafood: dinners at Manacá aren't exactly light. Even the white fish tartare is tossed with cream, and is cloyingly rich. The delicious
Spaghetti al Mare is a good bet for those with no plans to kiss anyone. The sole with peas and potato mash glistens under a big helping of truffled butter. Hearty indeed.
Manacá is, in short, a great little beach restaurant with big ambitions and is what the French would call an incontournable. You can't really go to Litoral Norte and not give it a try...
Manacá: Rua do Manacá, 102
Estrada do Camburi, 2000 (Camburi)
Estrada do Camburi, 696 (Camburi)