My family of four just came back from our dining experience at Senzala. When we arrived at the restaurant, a warm fireplace welcomed us as we passed the glass doors. As soon as we were seated at our table, our waiter asked us if we wanted to order any drinks. We politely refused and then he proceeded to explain the menu.
I was very surprised as to how attentive our waiter was to our needs. From the bad reviews I read and the long waits described, I was expecting to spend four hours at the restaurant. So I reserved for 6pm, knowing that the show only starts at 8pm. By 7:15pm we had finished our main dish and my teenagers were already enjoying their dessert. I told my son to savor his coffee so that we can stretch our stay to at least see the show and dance. At 8:30pm two exotic female dancers with colorful feathers in their hair entered the dining room and danced to our heart's delight! It was almost 9pm when we left but only because we wanted to see the Samba dance--we all agreed that it was worth the wait.
As for the food, it was our first exposure to Brazilian food. You have three choices:
1) Soup or salad + main dish for 30$
2) 1 Entree + main dish for 35$
3) Amuse-gueule + 1 Entree + 1 Sorbet + main dish + dessert and coffee for 45$
My 17 year old chose Zoro as her main dish. She had no clue what it was but for a teenager, it sounded right. She wasn't disappointed. According to her, it was lamb that melted in your mouth. I had the Feijoada, the Brazilian national food; it was okay but it was nothing to rave about. My husband had some kind of sea bass which he thoroughly enjoyed while my (unadventurous) son ordered ravioli. The kids had the chocolate mousse for dessert and that was the highlight of their culinary experience. As for us parents, we left the restaurant feeling satisfied to have spent a lovely evening with our children, happy to have witnessed the wonderful Brazilian show and felt happy that we were treated with respect and that the waiting staff were attentive and very helpful.
To close this review, I think it only fair to mention our waiter's name--JF (Jean-Francois). After all, he is the inspiration for the title of this review.
Date of visit to Senzala Montreal: February 16, 2013
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