Volta

Set in a classy old villa with an outdoor patio on a peaceful corner of Jardim Botânico, Volta serves up playful, contemporary fare inspired by Brazilian comfort food. Start off with creative appetizers such as the sardine-topped tapioca crisp or the coxinha (cornmeal balls filled with chicken) with creamy Minas cheese, before moving on to sweet-potato gnocchi with pumpkin cream or a perfectly tender filet mignon.

The kitchen is helmed by two twentysomething identical twins, complete with matching tattoos. Book ahead for Tuesday nights, when there’s live jazz.