Fusion Fantastico

"A little bit of everywhere and a lot of Brazil" is how Carla Pernambuco describes her cooking at Carlota, a perennially adored dining room in Higienópolis. Among our favorite plates are the haddock-and-ginger terrine and the Atlantic octopus in port wine. The bright spare space decorated with prints by Brazilian photographers—such as Pernambuco's husband, Nando—suggests a New York gallery. The glittering crowd is pure São Paulo. Dinner, $95. At 753 Rua Sergipe; 55-11/3661-8670.