South America is a paradise for meat lovers. Argentina is a main player in the restaurants offering great quality meat, but some would argue that Brazil plays in the same league as a serious contestant. David Rousseau is one who sides with Brazil…
“One huge difference lies in the service, not the quality of service but in the way the meat is offered to the ravenous customers. While Argentinean restaurants would offer a traditional service (order your meat from the menu, wait for it, eat… smile), the Brazilians came up with: Rodizio or the ‘Art of Rodizio‘.
What makes a Rodizio unique lies in the way the meat is served. No need for menus. Waiters constantly walk from table to table offering various pieces of meat cooked to perfection by an obviously experienced meat loving chef in a flaming hot open kitchen. The waiters explain what they have on their tray: from chorizo sausage to tasty melting cheese, from picanha (the most tender beef meat you’ll have) to roasted pineapple with cinnamon for desert. To accompany your meat (a sin for some), Rodizios offer a succulent buffet with a lot of inventive local vegetables options, French fries or salads. For a set price, waiters will keep on coming until you surrender in a last heavenly whisper. It’s a gastronomic adventure that can only be experienced in Brazil!”
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* photo by Simon Pilgrim – Intrepid Photography Competition