This place is a meat-lover’s dream. Waiters roam around the restaurant with various cuts of meat sizzling on spits. You get to choose what meats you want, and eat as much of it as you want. I’ve found that once the waiters know what your preferred cuts of meat are, they come around with them pretty frequently to make sure you’re getting as much of them as you want. You can also select the level of doneness you want. If what you want isn’t on the spit, they will take it back and cook it longer for you.
I especially like the picanha (pronounced pee-kahn-ya), which is their specialty. It’s a cut of meat more commonly seen in Brazil than here. Here, when you can find it, it’s called the rump cap. It’s very tender and flavorful. The salting and grilling here adds even more flavor. I also like their skirt steak (the cut of meat used in Mexican restaurants for fajitas) and filet mignon. There are several other cuts of beef available, as well as chicken, pork, lamb, and sausage. Garlic mashed potatoes and fried bananas are served to cleanse the palate between meats. I really like the fried bananas. They’re a little sweeter than the fried plantains I get at Caribbean restaurants, but they’re good. To me, they’re more like a dessert than a side dish.
The meat is saltier than I usually eat it, but it’s in keeping with the traditional preparation method and I find that it enhances the flavor of the grilled meat, so I don’t mind. You might want to keep this in mind if you are on a low-salt diet or just don’t like salty food.
Their salad bar is incredible. It’s actually more of a “food bar” rather than just a salad bar. If you have vegetarians or light eaters with you, they could make a meal just of this. I tend to graze very lightly from the salad bar, selecting just a few things that I really want to taste in order to leave room for the meat. If you fill up on the salad bar, you don’t have as much room for the meat.
The restaurant has an elegant atmosphere, and is made to feel more spacious with well-placed mirrors. Tables are placed close together, so getting to the salad bar can get tricky if it’s crowded. It does get crowded during peak times, so it’s a good idea to make reservations. I’ve never gone without them, so I don’t know how hard it is to get a seat if you just walk in.