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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