Wednesday, September 25, 2019
XXXX - Brazilian Steakhouse
I love beef, and am not ashamed to admit it. In the states I have eaten at several 'Brazilian Steakhouses'. I always wondered if this was really something from Brazil or just slick marketing from Madison Avenue. For example often perception has nothing to do with reality. Who knew? But I digress.
On our last day in Rio, we asked our driver for a recommendation for lunch. He suggested a place on a side street, saying it was very good and popular with locals -just what we were looking for. He dropped us off and said he would wait.
It wasn't a large place and when we entered, we saw it was packed, with men mostly. There were few smaller tables, most were long tables that ran almost the width of the restaurant. We were seated at the end of one table that was almost full. The place was loud and bustling.
(This picture is blurred since I took it backwards over my shoulder)
A waiter came over and asked us what we wanted to drink. Before we could answer he left and returned with a tray of colorful drinks. In Portuguese, he identified each drink.
I was undecided until he got to the glass of deep red Sangria. Sign me up. We ordered 2. When they arrived we were not disappointed.
Then we were shown the "salad" bar with contained everything from some green salads, hot and cold vegetables, cheese, fruit, and even fresh sushi. We made a few selections and returned to our table.
The waiter soon returned and handed us round discs, red on one side and green on the other. We were enlightened - we were in a true honest to God Brazilian Steakhouse, in Brazil. Fancy that!
Soon servers started coming around with large pieces of meat on skewers, everything from chicken to lamb to pork. There were sausages, tenderloin, mushrooms, and some other meats I could not identify.
It was all good, much better than most of the 'Brazilian' Steakhouses I had visited stateside. Then there were the deserts, a tray of pies, cakes, and puddings.
This was one of the best meals I had on the trip. And my question was answered- Yes, they have ‘Brazilian Steakhouses’ in Brazil.