the economic powerhouse of a nation on the move, são paulo has become emblematic of a modern brazilian lifestyle. it's the country's largest, most affluent, and most cosmopolitan city, and is also home to a sizeable creative industry. young paulistas are known to be open to innovation, and now with deeper pockets than ever before, there's an increasing number of cool new establishments that specifically caters to this savvy demographic. nestled in jardim paulista, one of são paulo's happening neighbourhoods, is a new restaurant that ticks all their boxes. called deliqatê, it's located on a plot of land of 5 x 30 metres [16.4 x 98.43 ft.] which was previously occupied by a 1940s building.
totally neglected, the structure was eventually torn down except for the side and back walls. local practice fgmf arquitetos designed a new three-storey building on half of the plot, using a construction of large steel beams. a wooden veranda is the first thing guests encounter before reaching deliqatê's ground floor entrance. the building's façade is all glass and features sliding doors on the ground floor. upon entering and walking up to the front desk, a small atrium unfolds featuring a large suspended artwork that's lit up in the evening. the restaurant's front section features a seating area and another one is situated behind the front desk.
one side of the wall features a wall decoration made up of ceramic tiles by brazilian artist fábio flaks. while the kitchen and utility rooms are situated in the basement, the second floor accommodates additional seating areas, both indoor and outdoor. whereas the used materials and colour scheme are kept neutral and sober, brighter colours have been used for the furniture and artworks. deliqatê is very much a place for breakfast and lunch, and its menu predominantly lists a range of savoury gourmet sandwiches, salads and soups, but also pancakes, desserts and just about any compatible beverage. location: alameda jaú 1191 [jardim paulista]