Eating at Churrascia Plataforma is truly an adventure. A traditional Brazilian steakhouse, come prepared to go to carnivore heaven. REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE OWNERS OF the Churrascia Plataforma MIGHT SAY, if you are a vegetarian, stay home. This ain't your kind of place. : )
When you arrive, you're seated and your drink orders are taken. You are also given a small colored disc, which is red on one side and green on the other. Place it on the table facing with red "up". This signals the meat cutters that you are still enjoying your pre-meat salad course. (see below for salad menu). The salad items are varied and excellent, but DO save room. You have no idea how much meat is headed your way soon.
When you're ready for the main course, flip the little disc over to green and the neatly dressed meat cutters will continually come by your table, offering you a huge variety of meats (see menu below). This is basically an "all you can eat place", and you will not go away hungry. You might exceed human cholesterol limits, but you'll not be hungry. And just in case eating four or five pound of excellent meat isn't enough to fill your stomach, you'll be given a variety of side dishes to compliment your meal. (Menu below)
When you finally have had your fill of food that had parents, flip the disc back to red. The meat cutters will give you peace and some quiet time. BUT.... there's still the dessert cart on the way. (menu below). Have a nice dessert and get some fine South American coffee, too.
What a great night out.
Favorite Dish: EVERYTHING was good at this restaurant. But if I must choose, the best meat was the grilled lamb. A surprising choice as I usually prefer pork and beef to lamb.
Here's what you can expect to dine on at Churrascia Plataforma :
Hearts of palm, quail eggs, zucchini, asparagus risotto, chicken salad, beans and sausage, lentil salad, chick peas, cold cuts, various lettuces, swiss cheese, broccoli, cauliflower, mushroom salad, red potato salad (VERY GOOD), beet salad, cucumber salad, potato and carrot salad, couscous, excellent jumbo boiled shrimp, octopus salad (not a favorite of mine), mozarella and tomato, marinated crab meat, sushi and sashimi, cod fish casserole and muqueca (a Brazilian mahi-mahi and coconut milk stew)
short ribs, rib eye steak, ham, pork ribs, sausage (VERY GOOD), pork loin, brisket, top round, top sirloin, baby beef, prime beef, flank steak (ALSO VERY GOOD), suckling pig, chicken legs, turkey wrapped in bacon, salmon (so so, according to my wife. I skipped the salmon because I didn't know if it was line caught or net captured. Some Republican, huh?) and lamb. (THE BEST)
Side dishes are
mashed potatoes, white rice, beans, fried polenta, fried plaintains (GOOD STUFF), farofa (fresh casava meal) and pao de queijo (A very good Brazilian cheese bread)
caramel flan (TERRIFIC), coconut flan, coconut custard, cheese cake, chocolate mousse cake, caramel and coconut cake, strawberry shortcake, carrot cake, pistachio cake, napoleon, apple pie, lemon merengue pie, tiramisu and various strudels.
Plenty to eat and it's all very good.
The style of this restaurant is elegance. Its patrons are mostly after work dinner crowds and tourists. We had my sister's bachelorette party here! It was perfect. You may find a pianist and live music on certain days- which adds to the ambience!
Churrascaria serves brazilian specialties: like rodizio (all sorts of grilled meats) and a salad bar with appertizers, shrimp, sushi and all sorts of side dishes that you serve yourself. Each patron is given a disk with a green side-for go and a red side-for stop. The waiters come around with the grilled meats and if you have the green side flipped up then they will ask you if you want to try the meat. This system is beautiful, it allows time to rest between tastings and if you really are full - they don't bother you! Order a caipirinha, you won't be disappointed! This drink is hot!
You get all this for a fixed price - about $50 USD per person when I was there. It is well worth the money and the wait, even with a reservation you may have to wait.
I have been to this restaurant about ten times and not once have I been disappointed. I also have a Brazilian background so its fun to speak to the waiters-all are authentic!
Favorite Dish: Everything is my favorite - try the rice and beans with your grilled meats. The turkey wrapped in bacon is superb!
It is an all-you-can-eat brazilian barbeque, with a fixed price, which includes: unlimited meat (beef, chicken, pork, rabbit, fish on request), and a salad bar. Beverage, dessert, and tip is not included in the price. Lunch time is cheaper, but I can't remember how much it is.
Enjoy a few caipirinhas - similar to a margarita, but with a much bigger kick!
Favorite Dish: This is a Brazilian restaurant with an all-you-can-eat concept. You are given a red/green disk when you are seated and when you are ready to eat you turn it to green and then get ready for some fun and seriously good food. The waiters come to your table with various types of meat on skewers - steak, lamb turkey, pork, etc. and you take whatever you like. Come hungry!