Finally I have some time to write about Brazil and I'll start with Belo Horizonte. I know that I already wrote about my home town here before, but this post is about the best restaurant there: San Ro.
Their menu has dishes of Taiwanese cuisine, the same origin of the owners, but it's all vegetarian. None of the recipes, prepared only for lunch, is prepared with meat. We started to go there since they opened the doors because the owners used to have an ice cream shop before that had some vegan options. It's hard to see a place like that having success in Belo Horizonte, so we decided to go there as much as we could to support them and started to invite friends to go there. But the restaurant is in a good area, a commercial area, so people (vegetarian or not) just started to go there and the place now is always full!
They work with a buffet system, very common in Brazil, which consists of salads, desserts and hot dishes and you pay for the weight of your plate (it's not cheap but it's worth it). They have many delicious vegan options like quioza, sushi, vegetables, tofu, fake fish, etc. This is a very specific cuisine, so some people love it but others are not into it. I really like the food there and also enjoy the place (it's big and comfortable). And the owners are really nice.
Here's what some of my friends think about the place:
“Our city may not have the best options for vegans and sympathizers, but San Ro definitely presents itself as an oasis. Great atmosphere and an amazing selection of Taiwanese and Asian well-tempered delights. Not to mention the free tea!” (Ronan Sato, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais)
“I started to go to San Ro almost 2 years ago. The restaurant looks like a traditional oriental place and always has some traditional songs too, that I really like. As the restaurant started to have more clients, some stuff that sometimes bothers me started to happen, like a lot of people waiting to serve, to seat and and sometimes too much noise, that makes the calm sensation goes away. But I always enjoy the food! They have good vegan options and most of the time they have some of my favourite food like spring roll and yakisoba. I think that San Ro is the best vegetarian/vegan option in Belo Horizonte. And just writing all this made me to want to go there right now!” (Andrey Leonardo de Paula, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais)
"Although I'm not vegetarian, I believe that San Ro is one of the best options for those who do not eat meat in the city. The Taiwanese food is light and they have a lot of options. The place is relaxant and makes me think about the oriental restaurants of Liberdade, in Sao Paulo, simple but welcoming. My only objection is the price. It's hard to make San Ro a daily lunch option because it's expensive." (Uiara Azevedo, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais)
“I remember I went to San Ro in 2006 'cause we were in Belo Horizonte to play. A chic place, with great vegan food and amazing vegan sweets. I recommend it to everybody!” (Felipe Chehuan, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro)
“I went to San Ro for the first time less then one month ago and since it I already went there other three times. It's so good to have a buffet 100% vegetarian and don't need to think about what I can or can not eat. And because it's Taiwanese cuisine it has some food that I never tasted before like the spiced soya chunks, that my sister loved and it's also one of my favourite food there!” (Gabriel Cadete, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais)
“I have to confess that I'd hardly not going to a steak house to go to eat at a vegetarian restaurant. But in this case is different. San Ro has a buffet with a huge variety, different from other restaurants around and the food tastes incredible! And it's a very pleasant place too. I have eaten in many vegetarian restaurants in Brazil and in Europe and there are just a few that I like as much as I like San Ro. I think I'd been there three times and I recommend: If you go to Belo Horizonte, be sure to go there!” (Jefferson Ferreira, from Blumenal, Santa Catarina)
So, if you have the chance to go to Belo Horizonte, stop at San Ro an try this great Taiwanese vegetarian food! It rocks ;-)