Meat (on a stick)

Posted: February 16, 2008 in best things, Food

Oh my God, you guys, I am STILL full.  Reservations were for 7:00 last night, it’s now 11:30 in the morning of the next day, and I am still full.

Calvin and I had one of the best meals of our lives, last night. Unfortunately, my sister-in-law and her husband couldn’t join us for dinner after all. So we have a GREAT excuse to go back! The next special occasion that comes along we are definitely going back.

We were seated at a table that was kind of in the middle of things, but we were close to the buffet so that was okay. The waiter explained how the system works – we sit and order drinks, then go get our selections from the buffet. Once we’d had our fill of the buffet we take the little multi-colored dowel they provided, and place it with the green side up. That indicates to the wandering ARMY of waiters that we’re ready for them to start coming buy with skewers of meat. If we want what they have, they slice a piece right off onto our plate. When we’re ready to slow down, put the dowel with the red side up and they will stop. Turn it back over onto the green side and they start coming by again with their selections. When we’re finally too stuffed to move, turn the dowel over to its side to indicate that we’re done. At that point the dessert cart will be wheeled over if we want, or we will be presented with the bill.

Duly instructed, Calvin and I ordered our drinks (Merlot for me, dark beer and whiskey for him), and made our selections at the buffet. There were four warm dishes – meatballs, tilapia, chicken, and beef stuffed cabbage. There was egg salad and potato salad, chick pea salad and roasted balsamic vegetables, crab salad and calamari salad, scallops and crab legs, beans and fruit, lettuce salad and dressings, and a whole myriad of other things.

I selected beef stuffed cabbage, potato salad, crab salad, and scallops. All of it was excellent. Calvin fed me bites of his tilapia, chicken, and chick pea salad, and they were excellent. All the while we were eyeing the waiters coming and going with their selections of meats, so rather than go back for a second course at the buffet we elected to “pull the trigger” on the meat delivery.

As soon as we placed the dowel on the green side, one waiter cleared away our buffet dishes while another waiter placed a selection of sides on our table. Beans, rice, a vegetable chutney, fried bananas, and a few condiments arrived. Then a waiter stopped with a skewer of roast beef, which we enthusiastically accepted.

The roast beef was followed by garlic steak, bacon wrapped turkey, prime rib, fresh pineapple, sausage (which we declined), lamb (which we declined), and chicken legs (which we declined). We flipped the dowel from green to red and back to green a few times, and proceeded to get STUFFED. It was all excellent.

Finally we knocked the dowel over and declared defeat. Our plates were immediately cleared away, and the dessert cart was wheeled over. From the selection of flan, creme brulle, strawberry shortcake, chocolate cake, cheesecake, truffles, and a bunch of other things, we chose cheesecake for me, and chocolate cake for Calvin. Calvin ordered us a port which went fantastically with the dessert. We couldn’t finish our desserts so we took the remainder home, along with the remainder of my bottle of wine (which they wrapped all fancy in foil so we wouldn’t get busted for having an open container in the truck on the way home).

It was a pretty darned expensive meal, but we feel we got our money’s worth out of it. After we rolled out of there we went back home and moo’ed on the couch for the rest of the evening.

For anyone living in or visiting the Phoenix area, I HIGHLY recommend Fogo e Brasa.

  1. Heather says:

    There is a place here just like that called Gauchos. The little red/green table signs say “Gaucho”, “No Gaucho”.

  2. Jean says:

    Mmmmmm. Define ‘expensive’ – more than $100 for the two of you?

  3. Amanda says:

    Wow! No wonder you’re stuffed! Sounds awesome though!

  4. Laura says:

    Jean – yeah, more than a hundred for the two of us. The meal is a flat $31 per person, then drinks and dessert are extra. So it was Calvin and I, a $20 bottle of wine, two beers and a whisky, a glass of port, and two desserts. Plus a $25 tip, we ended up spending about $150. So! Definitely not something we would do often, but great for a special occasion.

  5. Jayne says:

    I think is is probably so beyond anything you’d get here in Europe. It sounds incredible. You Americans certainly do know how to treat yourselves and I can tell you that at $150 (by our standards) it’s cheap at the price. Sounds like a wonderful evening out.

  6. maryanne says:

    that sounds sooooo good. and thats not really too expensive if you think about it. we’ve got a place about an hour away thats a flat rate of $65 per person.

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