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Saboroso Brazilian Steakhouse
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Ranked #17 of 715 Restaurants in Saskatoon
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Cuisines: Brazilian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: 1-306-249-4454website-renata@saboroso.ca
Reviewed November 11, 2011

Saboroso is an interesting concept - bring the energy and spirit of the Brazilian steakhouse to the comparatively conservative, sedate former temperance colony of Saskatoon.

While I haven't had the good fortune to experience a steakhouse in Brazil, I have been to several in several cities throughout the US (including Las Vegas). So how does the rodizio at Saboroso compare?

1) Above average drinks which offer a more South American flavour - in this they succeed with several unique concoctions to a Saskatonian's pallet.

2) 'Serve yourself buffet' - in this they need significant work. Any salad, starch, etc. should be able to stand on its own, and not be merely a 'filler' to satiate hunger (at least in the developed world, when you are paying for an experience). There should be at least 3 'green' salads, along with a few more traditional black bean / style salads.

3) Presentation - The friendliness of the servers is excellent, but their knowledge and commitment to the experience and professionalism is lacking, perhaps influenced by their largely comparatively young age. As a consequence, they don't always describe the meat accurately, or with conviction.

4) Decor / Atmosphere - Very upscale, modern, and chic (at least for Saskatoon!!!) - similar in styling to the remodeled Moxies.

5) Meat Options - Outer portions of the cuts, quite excellent and flavourful. However, inner portions in some cases were flavourless - not sure if this is a function of lack of marination, rushed preparation of the food, or other factors (I'm not a chef).

6) Portion Size - Certainly the portion size is substantially smaller than what I am accustomed to at other rodozios however my problem at others have often been that the portions are so huge that you don't actually have the opportunity to sample all the offerings before you are full - this is not the case at Sabaroso. However, it is true that once you have identified one that you do like, getting a larger portion is not a simple matter of indicating this (which is all that should be required).

Overall, I'm sure this is only an approximation of a Brazilian steakhouse, but folks, this is Saskatoon. It is unrealistic to expect an excellent Mexican Mole entree available on demand due to the challenges of getting fresh ingredients and the lack of critical mass of many ethnicities to draw upon which allow you to realize that full bodied experience of food and culture that 'eating out' entails.

It is a nice change from the largely uni-ethnic dominated ownership of the majority of unspectacular restaurants in Saskatoon, and as for price, $38 is hardly overpriced for what you are getting.

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Thank lv_local_wannabe
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Reviewed November 11, 2011

We had the rodizio (ie all you can eat option). We felt a tad rushed as our server kept asking if we were done. Out of 5, I'd give the food 3, the atmosphere 4, and service 2. The death by chocolate dessert was nothin to write home about. 

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Thank icFace
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

Being familiar with the "Brazilian Steakhouse" style of restaurant, I expected a similar experience. One that could be compared to a "Texas De Brazil" visit was not found here.

The building, location, waitstaff and atmosphere was truly pleasing and very modern. However dining was an on-going, continual frustration of waiting for your server to arrive with a style of meat. Once you opted to try that choice, you were given a mere nugget or sliver of meat. The first person served at a table of four could finish that portion before the 3rd person was served their meat nugget. If you asked the server for a larger piece, you were met with a slight attitude or a "Ugh - OK" type of approach. Also, other than meat, you were responsible for serving yourself buffet style and quality sides of potatoes, cheese, salad, and hard bread.

Bottom line. The building and atmosphere is superior to most Saskatoon locations, the meat is marginal with no options of how it's prepared (well, medium, etc), always served in micro portions and sides are cafeteria / buffet quality. The price, roughly $40 per person drinking water, is unreasonable.

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Reviewed November 1, 2011

I lived in Rio de Janeiro for 22 years and in Boston for 11 years. I often visit Brazil and - obviusly - go to our BBQ restaurants (Rodizio) and I know bbq meats better than I know the back of my hand!

Saboroso is a "Brazilian-themed" restaurant, it is the ONLY restaurant in Saskatoon where you can pay a fixed amount and eat as much meat as you can/want. Since we are 5:30 hours away from Edmonton, 6 hours away from Calgary and 9 hours away from Winnipeg, Saboroso is THE ONLY OPTION. Now I will explain what I believe is accurate, without feelings or opinions:

1) the meat --> PICANHA is the most sought-after cut of meat in Brazil; it is a cut off the upper sirloin of the animal. I was offered "picanha" 3 times at that restaurant; TWICE the meat the waiters had WAS NOT picanha. One of the times the "picanha" I was offered was actually Bottom Round Rump Roast (which is a TASTELESS meat from the leg, with no natural flavors). Once, I was offered "tenderloin" which was actually a boneless underblade (from the "chuck", neck of the animal). Either the waiters did not know what they were offering people or they lied.

2) the buffet --> 5 or 6 items on the salad bar; the cheese bread (pao de queijo) is tasteless; the rice was crispy (sitting for too long without steam); the "feijoada" was just beans and pieces of bacon (nowhere near reality).

3) the manager --> the tall, white, gray haired man who wears a suit was not interested AT ALL in acknowledging my group of over 10 friends; he only showed up once and asked me why I wasn't eating yet - it was because the waiters were serving everyone in my group but me, because apparently we had only one "green cube" in our table of 4.

If you have NEVER had Brazilian Rodizio BBQ, Saboroso is a "demo" of what it could be. If you have travelled and actually KNOW what real Brazilian BBQ is, you will be disappointed.

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1  Thank FS L
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Now this is one impressive new restaurant. The Brazilain steak house is not for vegetarians, but carnivores will celebrate its opening. The place is busy - getting a table is a challenge - but it is easily worth the effort. The restaurant follows the standard Brazilian steak house model - a buffet of salads, rice, vegetables, and a few other things, followed by a steady rotation of servers who come to the table with various cuts of meats (and a sweet pineapple treat!).

The flow of well-cooked and tasty meats is truly impressive - no one will go hungry. Portions are generous. The food is enticing and diverse. The servers were helpful and cheerful - and they ensured that folks got the cuts that they wanted.

Saborosa is well worth a visit!!

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Thank Ken C
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