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“Pleasant experience but meats are dry.”
Review of Monezi - CLOSED

Monezi
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: Brazilian
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

The thing that makes THIS place stand out is the warm welcoming A+ service. We were greeted when we arrived and when we left. All of the servers were sweet, informative about the food, and seemed genuinely happy to be there for you. We would almost go back just to have service this pleasant. The ambiance was enjoyable and attractive.

About the food. We have eaten here twice and have decided that this type of cuisine is not a style we like. We found the lasagna to be the best dish, tender layers of meat and sauce that melts in the mouth. However, on both visits the meats - pork, beef, and chicken - all were disappointingly dry and tough, and not edible. We expected a grilled flavor but it merely tasted baked dry. Some of the dishes appeared to have been out for awhile as they were dried up.

Also, we felt that the price is relatively expensive, but maybe not considering the method of cooking is labor intensive? The salad bar was fresh, but paying $6.59 per pound for such veggies like cucumbers and sliced canned beets is a little steep. We got a little of this and that, and our plates were $16.56 and $14.57. And we weren’t able to eat it.

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Reviewed July 9, 2011

The waitress did not refill our drinks until a person from our table went to her and asked. She was inattentive and forgot our silverware so we picked up some from another table. In spite of these drawbacks, I would like to return. The food was fresh and delicious. The restaurant was clean and the atmosphere was comfortable.

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Reviewed December 14, 2010

In town on a business trip. Driving around for a place for dinner, we spotted Monesi Brazilian Buffet. "Let's try it." Glad we did. It wasn't busy (early dinner), service was good, and atmosphere was pleasant. Then we stepped up to the buffet. Great selection of salads and sides. I liked he calamari salad and a brazilian chicken salad that was quite yummy. The various entrees looked fresh and appealing. Selections included pork loin, chicken, beef, fish: ie Chicken stroganoff, Black Beans with kilbasa, and a beef lasagna. The meatloaf was not my favorite - just particular about my seasonings. Nice looking desserts... over did the buffet. Returned to the buffet for favorites like Feta Fritters and pasta salad.
Liked the option of all-you-can-eat for $15 or one-time plate priced by the pound.
Glad we broke from the norm and tried something different.

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Reviewed December 8, 2010

I've dined at Monesi on several occasions and each time I've had an enjoyable dining experience. Even allowing for the general buffet caveat (ie, the food is not served fresh off the kitchen line as it would be in a plated-to-order restaurant), without exception the food has been fresh and very flavorful. The overall selection of entrees and salads is also excellent. I've particularly enjoyed the Brazilian collard greens and black beans and pork, as well as the variety of cold salads.

The ambience at Monesi is surprisingly nice for a buffet restaurant. The overall dining area is small, seating a maximum of perhaps 60 at a time (so you don't get the "hog trough" feel you'd normally get at a typical buffet restaurant), with a pleasant contemporary decor. You also serve yourself on actual chinaware rather than some "industrial buffet plasticware", so you get the feel of a more upscale restaurant in a cozier setting. Service has been attentive and pleasant each time I've dined there-perhaps precisely because they're not running around among multitudes of diners, in fact.

Monesi is a bit pricier than most standard buffets ($15 pp) but you're also getting much better fare than most buffets, and for that matter you don't have to endure the "buffet crowd" atmosphere that you find elsewhere. The higher price is probably what keeps the "cattle car" crowd away to begin with, so all in all it's worth it to pay a few dollars more for better prepared fare and a more pleasant dining experience, imo.

My understanding is that Monesi is a sister restaurant to Leblon Brazilian Steakhouse. If you're looking to experience Brazilian-style cuisine in a less formal and less expensive setting than Leblon, I'd definitely recommend Monesi. If it were a closer trip for me I'd dine at Monesi at least once a month.

If you're going, be sure to check Monesi's website for discount dining offers (eg, $5 off your bill) as well.

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Reviewed December 9, 2013
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