Sep 21, 2009

Ping Pong: first upscale Chinese restaurant opens in São Paulo

Photos: Lea Dorf

At last, São Paulo has a chic Chinese to call its own: Ping Pong, which just opened near La Mar, in Itaim.

It's actually a branch of an upscale London-based chain, imported by entrepreneur Ricardo Rinkevicius.

They specialize in Dim sum such as the translucid
Scallop and Shitake balls (R$ 9). Seafood dumpling (R$ 9,75) and Pork shu mai (pork and shrimp balls, R$10,50).

Some of the dim sum are wrapped in puff pastry and baked: Vegetable puff (R$ 9,50), Pork puff (with honey and caramelized onions, R$ 9,90).

They also serve deep-fried Vietnamese spring rolls ( R$ 8,90) and Crispy prawn balls (with sweet-and-sour sauce, R$ 10,50).

Initial reports from my friends have been quite positive, although Brazilians don't really know (or like) dim sum. I've heard the space is gorgeous and hopping.

Ping Pong: Rua Lopes Neto, 15, tel. (11) 3078-5808

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