Tasty food, tables on the street and an atmosphere of the house is yours, it’s everybody’s
Next to the famous Pelourinho, Saúde neighborhood still conserves historical marks remnants of the colonial period. The streets are paved with stones, there are secular big houses and residents who live a calm daily routine. It was in one of those old, large, corner houses full of windows that “Di Janela Boteco Gourmet” was born. What used to be only a house that always received friends, friends of friends, acquaintances, new couples, families, etc, is also known today for its different tidbits served at the tables in the street.
The couple Nara Amaral and Luciano Chastinet’s family home has always been the destination for meetings with good food, drink and lots of music. According to Nara and Luciano, when people arrived, they didn’t even think twice. Instead of going around the corner, they jumped the window to get in faster. People used to jump the window to get a drink, to get food, to go to the bathroom, chairs were placed in front of the window, and at that time Nara used to shout: “Is this a window bar?”. It turns out that the name got popular and stayed and, according to the owners, they use “Di” as a joke to look fancy.
“When [the bar] opened the idea was to receive the usual friends, just to have fun. But it ended up that the food got popular, and it has changed the place’s profile to a restaurant”, says Nara.
And so, on June 13, 2013 (coincidentally St. Anthony’s Day), they began to receive people from everywhere, curious to try the snacks or to hear about this story. The owners have made a door in front of the famous window, but this hasn’t changed the essence of the idea that they are open arms to welcome everyone.
Seven months after opening the restaurant, the owners were called to participate in “Comida di Buteco” (one of the biggest gastronomic events in Brazil). It has changed the place’s history, since the initial idea was to have a very informal bar, with more drink than food, but people ended up really enjoying the menu. That’s why the name changed from “Boteco Di Janela” to “Di Janela Boteco Gourmet”, so people understand that, despite the word “boteco”, the main focus is food. In 2015, they won the Clay Pot Award (Prêmio Panela de Barro), which made the house even more popular.
The dishes’ names always have a story tied to a friend or client. Some for always ordering the same dish, others for sharing recipes. This last case happened to the artist Bel Borba. The owner, Luciano Chastinet, once invited the artist to get to know the restaurant, and from then on, besides being a customer and having a dish with his name on the menu, Bel Borba still left a beautiful gift on the place: a mural in an entire wall. The sculpture was made with an electric saw that cuts the concrete, without a previous design. “He tore up the wall making drawings and went live on the go with clients having lunch”, recalls Nara.
Address: Rua da Glória, 09. Bairro da Saúde, Salvador, Bahia.
Opening Hours: Thursday and Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (71) 99237-7717
n ° 1 – Our tip is the Seafood Plate.
nº 2 – Get ready for your newest “favorite drink”: roska with fruit popsicle.
nº3 – Mural signed by the Bahian artist Bel Borba.
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nº3 - Mural assinado pelo artista plástico baiano Bel Borba. Restaurante Di Janela. Foto: Amanda Oliveira.