“Brazilian gastronomy is a feasible dream.” This statement made by chef Alex Atala summarizes the trajectory of the D.O.M. Restaurant. Created at a time when little was known about Brazil’s flavours, the D.O.M. was born like a project which is now a reality. A genuine reality that reverberates around the world, diffusing ingredients like açaí, jambu, tucupi. Not by immodesty… by mission.
Currently elected the 9th best restaurant in the world by S. Pellegrino “World´s 50 Best Restaurants”, D.O.M. is a unique restaurant without claiming to be eloquent. On the contraty, its message is syntactic and poignant: to step out the comfort zone and propose a new gastronomic experience, rescuing the most authentic flavours of Brazilian cuisine according to a contemporary gaze.
With a discreet address at Barão de Capanema Street in the neighbourhood of Jardins, São Paulo, D.O.M. presents a decor based on the harmonious balance between classic and modern, familiar and wild. The limited number of customers served daily and its private events area state the commitment to offer exclusivity and superlative comfort.
At first, the exotic shone. A young chef, a former punk and DJ, using domestic ingredients? "We lack someone who is proud of our cuisine like Villa-Lobos was proud of our music", he used to say at the beginning of his new journey. It took a few years for the specialized media to realize that something serious was happening there. After a successful season being in charge of the restaurant Namesa, at the end of 1999 chef Alex Atala would mark, and at the same time revolutionize, the history of gastronomy in the country by means of an audacious project: the creation of a contemporary restaurant of authorial cuisine that would rescue the flavours of Brazilian cuisine and unveil new ingredients not much explored at the time as açaí, pupunha and cupuaçu. So the curious aspects gave place to the acknowledgment of what is real: a mature chef, a researcher, and a champion of Brazilian cuisine devoted to its noblest, more contemporary, and ethereal production. The result: D.O.M. Restaurant. An award-winning and critically acclaimed restaurant that is constantly exciting lovers of haute cuisine with its revelations about the cuisine and ingredients from Brazil.
The constant statement of its philosophy over the years, made D.O.M. stop being a concept to be seen concretely, winning the approval of the public and critics. The success was translated into awards and international recognition of both, the place and its chef Alex Atala.
In 2006 the restaurant started to be part of the notable list ‘The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ published by the renowned British magazine Restaurant. In 2010, it occupied the 18th position in the list. In 2011, another great leap: it was considered the 7th best one. And in the 2012 edition, it was granted the 4th position. These last three awards also ensured D.O.M. the award for Best Restaurant in South America by the same publication.
Currently, it is necessary to make a reservation months in advance to sample the dishes at D.O.M.