We were introduced to this great restaurant by friends all over the world, most charming chefs and owners who loved, studied and traveled and tried new restaurants. We appreciated finding this lovely place. The restaurant itself is a small jewellery box. The service was impeccable, the menu was varied and exciting, and the food itself was not inferior to spectacular. Each dish had its own fun and perfect condiment. It was perfect!
Carlotta was a restaurant I was in town. As of yesterday, I was crossing it off my list. My view of this institution has been up and down over the past 20 years, but it has undeniably entered a downward spiral, and I am not sure it will continue to exist. I must say that its attitude to reducing costs is not only obvious, but also very annoying at this price. Everything - utensils, china, glasses, uniforms, furniture, lighting, air conditioning units, bathroom soap, towels - screams "cheap!" They even canceled tablecloths years ago! This cost reduction has inevitably reached the kitchen. They systematically changed recipes that could have sold well, but they probably made little profit margins. For example, their Vietnamese rolls were delicious a few years ago, but they first removed two of the three original sauces, and now - this year - they decided to get rid of the shrimp altogether! Their crispy shrimp dish was one of my favorite dishes in Sao Paulo: prawns in Temperol style, with Palma ham and risotto and sweet and spicy sauce. Yesterday I tasted its 2017 version and - honest and kind, unbeatable! The prawns "shrank" to the size of the shrimps; to hide the obvious change in size, they now place them in an unusual amount of floury paste and fry them separately. The risotto has such a spicy taste - it seeps out too much strong cheese - it's simply over the whole dish; but it doesn't hide the disgusting smell of uncooked raw flour paste around these tiny ridiculous shrimps. As for Hot and Sweet Sour sauce: Delete from Being! The restaurant's "trolley du vin" is definitely a side show, probably the worst. Of its 30 or so bottle choices, it's almost impossible to find an honest, quality wine choice. In addition, their cocktails were also diluted - though too sweet - the traditional Brazilian version of the "creative" caipirinha. Carlotta is really well located. It is located in the heart of Higienópolis' famous residential area. That's the only reasonable reason I can think of, it's been open for a long time.
The western restaurant has a good mood and a rather monotonous taste.