An imposing fort stood on high of the partridge’s highest hill.
The previous tackle of a financial institution workplace on Rua Cardoso de Almeida was given a pretend granite cladding, a tower and a set of arches, with colourful LED lighting. What may disguise such a whimsical facade? A theme park? A dungeon of unspeakable pleasures?
A little bit of all this: it’s the fondue restaurant Hannover, which was born in Moema within the Eighties with the air of an alpine chalet and since then despaired within the aesthetics of abundance, throughout which era it expanded to Tatuapé.
The not too long ago opened unit Perdizes is, in line with the restaurant’s web site, impressed by Neuschwanstein Citadel in Germany – this was in flip the inspiration for Sleeping Magnificence’s Citadel, in Disneyland in California, within the US. They took purpose at Disney and hit the nail on the top in a hybrid between Beto Carrero and Paris 6.
The inside setting follows the theme of princesses and princesses. The lounge could be very spacious, however with out seen home windows. On the partitions small red-brown velvet curtains. Within the lobby close to the doorway, a wallpaper imitating e-book spines, Rapunzel’s library.
The noblest tables are lined up in opposition to the partitions, with totally padded seats for 2, all dealing with the identical path and in a row, like a ghost prepare. Within the middle of the room are extra common tables to accommodate teams.
There’s a throne – sure, a throne – at some extent the place all of the tables can see, and the home lends a golden crown to anybody who desires to immortalize the medieval night time in pictures.
There are individuals who take the date to the little Hanover Citadel, which is even inspired. It appears to me a much less inappropriate program to do within the firm of a kid, who will get pleasure from these fairy story parades. That is why I dragged my assistant and nine-year-old son Pedro.
No less than two different tables had a stroller tilted to the aspect. Households with youngsters additionally occupied the corridor. However there have been additionally the lovebirds.
I arrived at 7:30pm on a Wednesday anticipating to search out the restaurant abandoned. I discovered prospects at six or seven different tables. An hour later, after I left, about 70% of the room was occupied. The as soon as rebellious and various neighborhood of Perdizes has capitulated to Cinderella Fondue, who resides in a fort simply two blocks from the PUC.
For fondue? Calm. Hanover’s web site refers within the female gender to the steaming pot that comes on a range on the desk. “The Fondue”. That is how it’s in French, the unique language of meals. However “creme” can also be a female phrase in French, however no person says “a creme” in Brazil. It continues to be “the fondue”, and the pedants combating with swords within the fort.
Fondue is every thing on the Hanover menu. It is available in cheese, beef, hen, pork, chocolate, dulce de leche variations, along with a candy fondue, white, with two centimeters of powdered milk on high.
The dish is served in some all-you-can-eat choices with substitute — if the shopper can deal with it, endlessly. Your complete course prices R$ 168 per particular person. These between the ages of 9 and 12 pay half of that quantity. Right here is one other benefit of a youngsters’s enterprise. The draw back is that she’s going to by no means cut up the invoice with you.
I ordered the so-called traditional sequence, which prices R$136, with cheese fondue and pans filled with sweets.
Indiscreet as I’m, I noticed the group at an adjoining desk feasting on their meat. On this one, a rotating disk, across the oil pan, brings small pots with the sauces and aspect dishes: curry, banana chutney and even farofa, with identification numbers – the caption is on the menu that the shopper accesses on the cell phone, with a QR code.
The type waiter Paulo introduced the cheese fondue aspect dishes. Along with the normal stale bread (it is speculated to be that method, in any other case it melts into melted cheese), there’s smoked sausage, guava slices, and cooked greens: potatoes, carrots, and broccoli, Pedro’s favourite.
Based on Paulo, the cheeses used within the fondue are gruyere, emmental and mozzarella. The feel is barely grainy, chiseled. The cheese doesn’t kind elastic threads – which signifies a proportion of starch past the fascinating. The style is saltier than it ought to be and doesn’t consult with merchandise from the Swiss Alps.
Pedrão was extra taken with broccoli than fondue, and we have been entertained by the music program.
A violinist went from desk to desk taking part in mela-cueca classics, with mechanical accompaniment. There was “Tackle Me” by A-Ha, “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence and “Raindrops Preserve Falling on My Head” by Burt Bacharach. The inventive cowl cost is R$23 per particular person.
Because the instrumentalist performed “Maybe Love” by John Denver and Placido Domingo, Pedro innocently requested, “Why are they taking part in Christmas music?” I nearly choked on the cheese.
The boy’s face modified when Paulo introduced the three pots of candy fondue. They got here with the standard fruits (inexperienced grapes, strawberries, bananas and pineapple), brownies, marshmallows and churros. Pedrão completed with dessert, whereas I feared he may not sleep that night time.
After two mineral waters to clean down the sweet, we paid the invoice and mentioned goodbye to the Shreks and Fionas from the little fort. I walked residence with my little kite flying down the slope to Cardoso within the sugar breeze.