Tough to beat for ambiance, this hip and lively Spanish restaurant on the banks of the Seine brings a bit of old Madrid to the city of lights. With an eye towards authenticity, chef proprietors Alberto and Vanina Herráiz have imported heavily from the old country, everything from the restaurant's Iberian cured ham and manzanilla sherry to its illustrated menus and hand-designed tables. The menu is orthodox, as well, and it includes inventive Spanish tapas, seven different kinds of paella, and an assortment of Spanish wines.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Brazilian barbecue is notorious for its all-you-can-eat <em>rodízio</em> presentation—place a green token on the table, and the waiters will keep bringing food. The servers rushing by with giant skewers at this São Paulo classic (with several branches throughout Brazil and the U.S.) might scare <em>rodízio</em> first-timers, but the 15 cuts of top-quality meat (mostly beef, with some pork and chicken options) are reasons to keep coming back.
We loved: Rump steak, pork ribs, chicken hearts.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.