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02/02/2018 - 07:00hs

Talal Syrian Cuisine opens new place in São Paulo

The new restaurant of the Syrian engineer turned chef, opened in January, offers a reduced menu with a focus on snacks, such as sfihas, kibbeh and sandwiches.

São Paulo – The restaurant of Syrian refugee Talal Al-Tinawi has opened a second location in São Paulo, now in the district of Moema, South Side. The new restaurant opened on January 13, 2018, and offers a reduced menu based on the one from the first restaurant, in the district of Brooklin.

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The new location offers sfihas, kibbeh and other snacks

Talal said that in a restaurant with its own kitchen and an extensive menu, ingredients and staff drive the costs way up. He explained that he chose a house in Moema, at a close distance from Brooklin, because he prepares most of the food in the first restaurant and takes it to the second. “In Moema, I only have two employees for shift, and the kitchen is small, enough to re-heat and prepare the dishes,” he said.

The 44-year-old engineer came to São Paulo with his wife and daughter from Damascus Syria, on December 2013. Today, he also has a 3-year-old daughter. He worked as an engineer in Brazil for about 10 months and began to cook at home and sell his Arab food via social media, such as Facebook and Whatspp.

The business worked so well that he opened his first restaurant at Margaridas street, in the district of Brooklin, on April 2016, with the support of a crowdfunding campaign. The restaurant was widely cheered and promoted by the press as a success story of a refugee in Brazil. The family lives on the restaurant’s first floor, which is, according to Talal, a family business.

Almost two years later, Talal is proud to say that business is going well, and that he decided to expand and open the new location “to work well, sell more and earn more money, since life in Brazil is very expensive.”

Clients can now order from both locations of Talal Syrian Cuisine. The first restaurant works with the apps Uber Eats, Rappi and iFood, and the second location, in Moema, for now is taking orders by phone and WhatsApp.

Quick info

Talal Culinária Síria (Talal Syrian Cuisine)
Avenida Rouxinol, 454, Moema, São Paulo, SP
Every day, from 10 am to 11 pm
Orders by phone: 55 11 2387-0843 / or WhatsApp 55 11 97625-1603

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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