Countries usually have a traditional dish or special meal for which they are known. In Brazil this is the Churrasco (barbecue) and the restaurants are Churrascarias (steak houses), where all-you-can-eat meat is served at your table by a team of waiters (garcons) carrying skewers, each of which will a have a specific type of meat. Combine this with very, very cold and very, very good Brazilian beer and you must have what many would call an “eating event” or perhaps a Brazilian “Shock and Awe” of eating.
HOW IT WORKS:
You select your table. You will be asked what you wish to drink. If there are a couple of serious beer drinkers, then I suggest ordering a 600ml bottle. It will either come in a Styrofoam holder or perhaps you will get a ice bucket with two or three bottles. I won’t go into the different beers now. As far as I am concerned they are all very good, but others differ and are loyal consumers of a particular brand.
Some churrascarias will have plates on the table. If so, grab your plate and head to the salad bar. Other churrascarias have the plates near the salad bar.
Eating utensils are almost always on the table. Notice the pincher with teeth!
The salad bars have a wide variety of offerings..potato salad, cheery or sliced tomatoes, heart of palm, peas, carrots, etc. and presented in a variety of styles.
THE MEAT RUNS:
The waiters (garcons) will start passing by your table almost immediately with long skewers of a specific type of meat. Don’t worry about understanding them…if it looks good nod your head yes. The waiter will slice off a small portion. When you sat down at your table perhaps you noticed a small utensil like a pincher with teeth…that is what you use to secure the meat while the waiter is cutting.
Out of the large urban areas, will run around US$13.00 per person at lunch time; in the evening for a couple US$ 17.00. In the big cities and fancy churrascarias more like US$23.00. Drinks not included. Exchange rate of US$ 1.00 = R$1.77
– Some churrascarias (upscale) will offer fixed-plate meals in the American steak house style.