On Day 128, I hit a kilo for lunch. A kilo restaurant is like a buffet, but instead of paying one all-you-can-eat price, they weigh your food and charge you accordingly.
Sure, I’d come across a kilo or two in the U.S., usually as a lunch option in a business center. But these types of restaurants are few and far between. The couple I witnessed in NYC were kind of sketchy.
However, here in Sao Paulo there’s practically a kilo on every corner. It has got to be the predominant dining option in the city, perhaps in Rio as well. The great aspect of the kilo is you have all the options of a buffet, but you are not inclined to stuff yourself to get your money’s worth.
Like any culinary category, some kilos are great, some not so much. The one I indulged in yesterday is a paderia/kilo combo. Not fabulous, but not bad. Kilos are also good for those kids who are picky eaters, like mine, because you can grab a little bit of a bunch of stuff for them to try.
Years ago in Rio, I had the fabulous experience of eating at a sushi kilo! Holy heck, I thought I was in heaven. I have yet to find this in Sao Paulo, but if anyone knows about one, please let me know!