If you already visited all the obligatory sights in a strange city, the question arises inevitably then, what program you should organize for the evening.
A visit to this restaurant followed by a Samba show and some live Bossa Nova music in a large theater downstairs without breaking the bank is a wonderful choice!
We had a big choice of salads and many different types of well-prepared meats. Churrascaria is a Brazilian favorite! At this retaurant there is no menu. Various types of meats are prepared and brought to your table. The meats are first of all beef but include chicken, sausage, lamb, etc. as well. Once the meat arrives at your table, it is sliced in front of you.
You can't order your steak ahead of time to be cooked rare, medium rare, etc. However, you can ask the waiter to slice a cut to your liking by using the following phrases: rare = mal passado, medium = a ponto, well done = bem passado. The meat keeps coming until you tell them to stop.
After finishing dinner a great spectacle of the Brazilian samba evening has started, where the dancers appeared in the fancy dresses of the latest carnival.
Favorite Dish: My favorite was the Caipirinha which is a cocktail of muddled lime, sugar, ice and the sugar cane liquor known as cachaça. It is similar to a Mojito but somewhat stronger and sweeter. Drink with caution!
Plataforma was Tom Jobim's (http://www.jobim.com.br/e.index.html) favorite Churrascaria restaurant, and is still enjoyed by tourists as it is included in a popular tour offered by hotels.
All around Brasil you will find CHURASCARIAS (all you can eat)- these places are maily for meat eaters. They serve all types of meat. They usauly have a buffey with all the salads, rice, deserts and there are people that go around cuting the meat to your plate. prices vary from 12 reais to the most espensive ones 70 reais. If you pay around 25 reais (£5) this is an expensive price for Brasil and be sure you will have plainty to eat!!
Favorite Dish: Cows beef!!!
This place is a churrascaria, an all you can eat feast. Guy comes around to give you meat. This place does not have a stick with a green and red end, but a tiny coaster with a red and green side. I must say it was quite anti-climatic to be flipping over a coaster.
They had an nice sushi selection and the meat was good and greasy and salty.
Two churrascaria meals
1 big bastard glass of wine (filled to the rim of a normal glass)
2 bottled waters
Total $84 reals = $31.54 US dollars
Favorite Dish: I really liked the meat on the stick with embedded nuggets of cheese. Quite unique!
There were also on the buffet table these little white balls. At first I thought they were mozzerella balls but no, they are tiny little eggs. Quail eggs? Dwarf brazilian chicken eggs? (see photo)
Another great Churrascaria. While there isn't quite as big of a selection of extras, the meat and the service are just as good. There's usually a line on Sunday but it goes quickly so put your name on the list!
Favorite Dish: Chicken hearts again. No matter where I go! lol
Thanks to my friends I've never had a bad meal in a churrascaria. Though I enjoy various roasts that come around to the table, it is the salad bar that I enjoy the best. Why is it that salad greens in Rio taste so good?
Over the years I have been to several of these, and they were all good; in my last visit we went to one called Oasis (?) in Sao Conrado; it was off the regular meal time and we had a nice, quiet early dinner. And of course Porcao. The salad bar there is overwhelming! It is, however, a popular and busy place.
Although one thinks of a churrascaria as primarily a meat-eating place, the variety and sumptuousness of the salad bar can make it an enjoyable destination for vegetarians also.
Favorite Dish: Chicken hearts are one of my favorite grill offerings!
Churrascaria's are very Brazilian and absolutely great. You sit at a table and they just keep bringing food by on skewers and slice you off pieces at a time. They just keep coming and coming and coming with more food until you are busting.
Churrascaria Palace. I liked this place so much I went there twice. It's right around the corner from Copacabana Palace. Interiors very clean, there is a non-smoking section, the vegitables very fresh, and the meat very good quality. The waiters bring around bbq meat of all kinds -- chicken, pork, beef, chicken heart, etc -- on a stick and you get to pick what meat you want. They also have a buffet in the back where you can choose the vegitables, etc., to go with your bbq meat. I saw chinese food, sushi, etc., in the buffet as well.