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Posted by Brazilian from CT on 03/05/2007
I consider myself a feijoada coniseur but this place's dish doesn't even come close. It lacked seasoning, the collarded greens were a bit bitter and too oily. The farofa was a joke. This place should be a shamed of themselves for not knowing how to cook the national dish. I also tried the Vatapu which was ok and the coconut shrimp. The sirloin steak was rough and very greasy. The appetizer was a joke. The crockets that usually sell for $1 for the size of an orange sold for $1.50 for a golf ball size. They really should let people know that it's minature size so people can order a few.What's amazing to me is that croquets are cheap to make. The creamy bean soup was nothing like I've ever had. It was watery with white onions rather the traditional green onion. The waiter brought everyone their drinks and forgot to bring water for one person. Not very attentive. The hostess was flamboyant and annoying.He also screwed up one of the orders. We ordered pork and he send out beef and didn't really try to fix the problem. The only positive is that it's cheaper than the fancier buffets. Group of four with appetizer, entree and soda was $107. I will never again step foot in this place. It's a tourist trap for people who do not know what true brazilian cuisine taste like.
Posted by sfay on 10/10/2006
My friend and I went to this restaurant twice, and on both occasions the food was delicious. The first time, the broiled bass my friend had ordered was moist and flavourful, as was my salmon. The dishes came with crunchy veggies, white rices and black beans. Also, I had a great pina colada there (my 21st b-day!) The waiters were not very attentive, but not bothersome either. The second time, however (last Sunday), the service was very poor! We were waiting for our "salad" (one tomato and shredded lettuce) for 1 hour, and about 30 minutes after we had placed our order, the grumpy waiter came by and asked again what we have ordered, from which I gathered that he had forgotten. At the same time, a couple of Brazilian girsl who came much after us received their order quickly, and throughout the meal the waiter approached their table and talked to them. Finally, after we lost all patience and complained that we were waiting for appetizers for over an hour, the waiter, instead of apoligizing, started making excuses in a very rude tone. After finishing with the main course- a wonderful sauteed monkfish in creamy sauce- my friend wanted to order a piece of flan ($5 for a tiny wedge), but the waiter never even stopped near our table throughout the whole evening, not even to bring more water. To make long story short, my friend got sick of this service, and called the manager when we recevied the inflated bill. By the end of the night, we got our bill significantly reduced and we swore that we are never going back to this place. Too bad, becasue the food IS fabulous.
Posted by QS on 09/08/2006
My Brasilian co-worker prefers Via Brasil down the street and others say the food here is not as authentic as it should be but I am in LOVE with their broiled pork chops with the garlic wine sauce and the little puffed up potatoes. I tried this dish the second time I came to this restaurant in 2000 and I have been in love with this dish since. Because of this, I haven't eaten much else here. The ambience is very nice and they did a good job renovating it last year. Also, the wait staff is very friendly and attentive.
Posted by Mi on 08/15/2006
I went twice to this restaurant and as a Brazilian I can say it's not comparable to the real brazilian food. Once I ordered the steak, was hard to chew and and no taste at all, second time orderd shrimp, it looked like it was waiting in the kitchen, came almost cold.
Posted by Cat on 08/01/2006
This authentic Brasilian eatery is an institution that hasn't lost its flair. The food is consistently delicious, the staff attentive but not intrusive, and the atmosphere truly makes you feel you are in Brasil. Try the vatapa, a wonderful shrimp dish, and Beef Oswaldo (only if you are a garlic fan), and don't miss the pork and clams. Appetizers, though often fried, are delectable. Try a traditional caipirinha, far superior to the currently popular mojito, and if you're feeling adventurous, try the new passion fruit version.
Posted by Hovanich on 07/26/2006
Shrimps in a coconut! Shrimps in a coconut! Shrimps in a coconut!
Posted by Lexi on 07/05/2006
I had high hopes when walking into this retaurant. The restaurant is nicely decorated and the wait staff is friendly and attentive. The food, on the other hand, was a disappointment. The empanadas were very oily. The churrasco wasn't tender. Instead, it was hard to chew and somewhat fatty. While the prices were decent, the food was sub-par so the "value" isn't good. The place across the street, Emporio Brazil, doesn't compare ambience or service-wise, however, the food is better and the value is better. Unfortunately I wouldn't return to this restaurant despite the excellent service.