We went to see what the fuss was all about for a friends 30th bday over the weekend and there were about 18 of us. Unfortunately we weren't able to reserve before 8:30PM, But you take what you can get. Restaurant aura and setting was very nice and clean and what you could expect from a high class restaurant. Location was great as its just what you would expect in downtown Edmonton.
First and foremost lets talk about the salad bar....or lack there of. I've had better salad bar at Bonanza back in the 80s as I almost find it offensive that I literally had to make my own caesar salad and the taste of the other stuff in the salad bar really didn't go together if you know what i mean. One plus were the stuffed tomatoes and this is about it. The "hot" foods were tough to find and when you did they were literally sitting in a slow cooker like at a friends potluck dinner with next to no spices or seasoning. Very disappointed as I know its Brazilian, but I'm also pretty sure that Brazil has a vast coastline and no seafood in the salad bar was a huge let down for a high class restaurant.
Now for the dinner service. Immaculate service from the servers who continually brought the meat till you literally can't stuff another piece in. Our table waiter was a little pushy, fake, and arrogant, but I can handle that. Lets get a little more specific about the meat. Basically it comes on rotisserie spikes and the servers cut off pieces from a large roast done in different ways. Beef, beef, and more beef. Tasted fantastic. Bacon wrapped chicken was most likely the least favourite and this is coming from a bacon nut. Very very very salty and you will literally down a gallon of water (which you have to pay for by the way $2 per person). Two big downfalls or....better yet, things missing. First, no chicken breast offered for those that aren't a fan of dark meat and this brings me to my biggest let down of the night and most likely the reason I won't return: no seafood. If I'm paying $50 a plate anywhere, I better at the least see a prawn on a stick that comes with my steak. Shrimp would have definitely put this place through the roof, but I can get good steak else where for a lot cheaper and the "all you can eat" becomes old quick as the beef fills you up so much, you may as well have ordered a New York strip cooked to perfection for $20 less at the Keg. Don't get me wrong, the 8 different choices of meat were absolutely spectacular in taste, and if the salad bar was a lot better and larger instead of something worse than Buffet World, well worth the $50.
Be careful at the end of your service as it almost feels like you are being surrounded by people making commission on you smiling as the bill can get steep quick.. Their signature booze shot that is no more than a chick pouring standing on a chair from a bottle that was frozen in an ice cream pale with a slice of orange and grapefruit in the ice (ooooooo!!!) is $18 a shot!!!!! Coffee and desserts just keep going up and up from there. Last downfall, they WILL NOT split up a bill. Take careful note as to what you spent and what on if you are with a group as the math gets ugly quick after a few drinks.
Would I recommend going? Absolutely. You have to try it out for yourself as its a new experience and a little different than the other guys.
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