The foodie traveller in … São Paulo state, Brazil

May 3, 2015

The Leão Vermelho is a quirky dining experience held in the chef/waiter/bottle-washer’s grandparents’ house and inspired by Harry Potter. The food’s pretty fantastic, too …

The words “restaurant” and “chef” don’t really apply to O Leão Vermelho, a unique and whimsical new dining-meets-art experience in the small town of São João da Boa Vista in São Paulo state, Brazil.

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After leaving El Bulli restaurant in Catalonia, aged 19, the now 25-year-old Gabriel Vidolin set up O Leão Vermelho in his grandparents’ old house. He acts as maître d’, waiter, gardener, carpenter, artist, washer-upper, and, oh yes, chef. He makes everything himself, right down to the chairs guests sit on.

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