The first time I went to Buteco's for lunch I thought I'd never go back. After Torre Praia and Torre Grill, their "por kilo" lunch spread was, let's say, limited.
However, I did, and although the selection is less than larger places, such as Torre Praia, about 300m away, Buteco's is generally very good quality with friendly service.
My parents come out once or twice a year and love going. They'd eat there every lunch time if they could because its such a calm atmosphere and they enjoy what's on offer. In all honesty, if you like the spread, its the kind of place you make your local. I prefer going here than Torre Praia. Not to knock Torre Praia, its just different.
The selection is divided into two, cold and hot. Cold is a simple, but fresh, selection of salads. Hot is "comida mineira" which, if you don't know what it is, means heavyish, but tasty, food. Fish, chicken, various meats and stews. Its a regional style very common is Sao Paulo. If you're not into that, then you're left with the basics: beef, chicken or a very nice and crispy breaded fried fish.
The place itself is a converted house about 400m from the sea, with a pleasant, dark-wood, country atmosphere. There's even space to sit outside when it's sunny. Very different from your average por kilo that wants you in and out as fast as possible and where its often hard to find a table. Buteco's is a place to sit back and relax while you watch the cars queuing at the traffic lights.
Prices are reasonable. Decent chopp, and a selection of other beers I've never tried.
It's open at night with a la carte, but I've never been. I've passed in front and there's usually a crowd.
So, in summary, if you want a pleasant lunch in a nice atmosphere, not far from the beach, you could do a lot worse than Buteco's. It's well worth those extra steps, and if you go by car you could probably leave it in the Pao de Acucar car park, 50m away.
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