I reserved this restaurant for my husband's birthday. The two of us were in town for the holiday weekend, and I wanted to do something special for dinner. He and I had been to a Brazilian restaurant before (in Cabo San Lucas), so that was the only thing I have to compare it to. I thought it was be fun and enjoyable. And it was for the most part.
I write this review with mixed emotions. In order to be 100% fair, I believe I need to be 100% honest. And being honest means - pointing out a few uncomfortable things.
First, the salad bar was very good. I liked the way it looked. I liked the offerings. I liked the cleanliness of it. It was a very nice part of our meal.
The restaurant itself was very noisy. The table next to us were most loud - practically yelling to each other and bragging about how much money they make. The people next to us is not the restaurant's fault, yet I point it out so that no one believes they get any privacy at all. It is a very loud restaurant. There is no ambiance.
The meat, in my opinion, was way over salted. I am all for seasonings and flavor, but there were some cuts that made be feel I was eating straight from a salt shaker. My husband, who salts absolutely everything, even felt the meat had a little much salt. But if you could get past that, there were some good cuts that had good flavor, and it was tender. The whole green disc/red disc became quite a joke as all the "meat men" just stopped by and gave us meat whenever they wanted to regardless if both our discs were red. We weren't ready, but I guess they didn't want to come back later. I felt a bit rushed.
The biggest disappointment was the moment I saw a hair in my plate after getting a piece of the meat off the skewer. I know it wasn't mine (as I am blonde and the hair was not). And while I am not one of those people who freak out over a hair....I was done. I didn't make a scene. In fact, I tried to be very discreet when informing our waiter. He was so very gracious and apologetic. And it was not his fault, so I didn't see a need to make a big deal of it. I had eaten plenty already, but I was very disappointed as it kind of ruined my overall experience.
It was my husband's birthday - so they gave us 2 complimentary desserts. Neither of us wanted a dessert, but they insisted. I am not sure if they would have done this for his birthday anyway, or if it was a gesture due to the hair in my plate. But it was a nice gesture - and we did share in the desserts even though we were very full.
So I write this with mixed emotions because honestly a hair could happen anywhere. And while I appreciate the free desserts as their "we are sorry," I left there thinking if I were the manager and a hair was found in my guest's plate -- it certainly would be worth more than a free slice of chocolate cake. I am not saying they needed to comp my entire meal, as the hair did appear near the end. And the waiter did apologize - but I don't know. Just seemed like it was brushed over. And perhaps part of that was my fault as I did not wish to cause a scene. Anyway, the price we paid for our meal - I certainly didn't expect hair. And I didn't expect a loud room where we could barely even hold a conversation at a normal level either.
So, it was good. But I am not sure I would return if in the area.
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