on January 3, 2007
Copacabana's premier churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse) is the place to come for the best meats that Rio has to offer. This popular place is packed nightly with hungry tourists and locals alike. Waiters casually stroll around the restaurant with huge skewers of meat, cutting off pieces tableside and serving them to hungry customers. Everything from lamb and beef to chicken and pork is served up here - freshly grilled to perfection. The quality of the meat was exquisite. Among my favorites were the grilled chorizo, the carne asada, and the grilled lamb. Those who are sensitive to salt should avoid the res do sel, a mouth-numbing piece of roast beef, covered in crushed sea salt and barbequed.The ambiance of the restaurant is quite upscale, but the prices are very reasonable. For only $7.50 USD per person, customers are treated to an all you can eat smorgasbord. Stay until you're full, they won't mind.Included in the price of your dinner is a delicious hot buffet featuring many Brazilian national dishes (try the flambeed bananas!), as well as a traditional Brazilian salad bar, which is endless in its variety. Service here is speedy and friendly. Waiters are here to serve, as well (it would seem!) to impress. The entire place is spotless, with a stainless steel buffet line, marble countertops, and staff in full uniform. This is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner, as well as for families just wanting to get together and experience the best of Brazilian cuisine. It's noisy, but fun. Watch out, though, as refills on drinks are not free, and drinks do not come cheap. A can of Pepsi is likely to set you back about a dollar. Mixed with salty food, and your bill instantly ncreases. It's impossible to have only one, and this is where most of their revenue is made.Make sure you ask about discounts, I was given coupons for 1 real off my next meal. The restaurant is open late (until 11:00 PM) and accepts all major credit cards. This is simply a must-visit on your next trip to Rio.
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