I had dinner here with a friend a few nights ago. I've been to many rodizio style restaurants in the past, so I was familiar with the concept.
The ambience is clean and inviting. I was immediately greeted by the hostess, who confirmed my reservation.
We were seated, and our waitress, Ashley, came by to explain how the restaurant worked for the benefit of my friend. We each ordered a glass of Argentine malbec-cab and the full rodizio meal, which includes both the salad bar and the grilled meat selection.
The salad bar had some very nice offerings, including a competent ceviche, various cheeses, a cabbage salad with toasted coconut and a variety of vegetables. There were some hot items, including a chicken soup, mashed potatoes and beef stroganoff.
After we finished our salads, we turned the marker from red to green (most rodizio restaurants use a small chip, but this restaurant used a larger plastic marker). The meat selection was very good, and the servers came around regularly to replenish our supply of meats. They quickly learned what our preferences were for doneness of beef and made sure that we received meat that was cooked to our liking.
The manager made several visits to ensure that everything was going well. I mentioned that I was disappointed that there was no lamb on the menu (it's listed on the menu on the website, but there is a note that it is not available at all locations). He informed me that lamb was currently very expensive, and they chose to leave it off of the menu in order to keep prices down. He did say that it would probably be available on some weekends as a chef's special. He asked if there were any meats that we particularly liked, and he came by several times with spits of our favorites so that we received what we liked.
The variety of meats was good-- several kinds of beef, roast pork, turkey with bacon, fish, linguica (Brazilian sausage) and chicken hearts. I would have liked to have had some additional beef cuts--you usually see flank steak and ribeye at these places. But I realize that they were shooting for a particular price point, and the restaurant is a good value for what they serve.
Our waitress was very pleasant and attentive. The servers who cut the meat were also attentive, but they were clearly still learning. The restaurant has only been open for a few weeks, and hand carving meat in front of customers with deftness and polish is something that only comes with experience.
We were too full for dessert or coffee.
They do have an annoying birthday ritual with drums and singing if you feel like humiliating someone on their birthday. This happened several times during our dinner.
Overally, we had a really nice experience, and I plan to return.
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