D.O.M from Sao Paolo and Chef Alex Atala came in at number 11 on the list of the world’s 50 greatest restaurants, and also featured on Netflix’s Chef’s Table in season 2 episode 2. I would highly recommend watching the Netflix show because I think for me personally describes why I love both travel and food. It serves as a bridge and away to connect with people. I’m thankful to work at a job and live in a time that allows me to travel and meet people from other cultures, and see parts of the world that I would normally not have a chance to see. I love eating at local and unique restaurants, and taste flavors I would never have tasted otherwise. Food is that medium that allows us to connect and tells a story.
I failed to write down the names of all the dishes I had while dining at D.O.M. but I took plenty of pictures. After reading this post, I would recommend watching the Netflix documentary. Chef Atala studied abroad and in Brazil and worked and studied at many different restaurants before opening D.O.M. My favorite part of the show is while working in an Italian restaurant in Sao Paola with a French chef, the chef told Alex that he would never make French food better than him, because he was French, and it was part of his culture. So Chef Atala decided to take the techniques he learned, and the fact he was Brazilian and make Brazilian food and a fine dining Brazilian restaurant. Such a cool episode!
Like most restaurants of this quality, the way to go is the tasting menu. I just went with that option, sat back, and let the D.O.M. staff bring me plate after plate of wonderful creations.
Without further ado, here are some of the photos I took from the experience with just a few notes on some of the pictures. D.O.M’s website is here.
This was the pirarucu fish which is this huge fish from the Amazon with really tough scales. Some of the best fish I’ve ever had!