Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse - Northville, MI
Went for lunch in late November. For lunch Gaucho's is outstanding.
during lunch hours the only items they leave out is the Filet and the Lamp Chops--which is disappointing but acceptable for the price. It was a relatively slow day (there were only about 10 other tables on average during our lunch. Most were groups like ours 4-8 people. Service was very good. Exceeded my expectations.
Picana = perfect
Top Sirloin/Bottom sirloin= both very good very good. I find I really like the texture of the bottom sirloin
the pork sausages were nothing great
Pork Tenderloin surprised me--very tasty don;t know what additional spicing they added to the rub but it was a little sweet might have been cinnamon/pinnapple? remindd me of the grilled pinnaple you can get at some other churrascaria
Beef ribs were outstanding
Leg of lamb (not my thing) passable. The lamb fans in our group like very much
Pork ribs decent
Garlic steak, more tender here than at others (Fogo in Chicago and Red Violin in TO)
Chicken-- a chicken leg is a chicken leg
they had most of the traditional sides:
Farofa, pao de queijo, beans and rice, fried bananas
I didn't bother with the salad bar went straight to green and stayed there for first 45 minutes, had to give in as the service was great. At the end of the meal as I was discussing the level of service here compared to FOGO's I have been to, I flipped to green for about 5 seconds and was assaulted by another wave of beef. In the grand scheme of things who cares about comparing this churrascaria to others. The fact is most any one takes down Morton's or any other "full service" Steak joint. Who would want to order only one cut of meat per meal, and have it get cold midway through.
I am going again and again and again.
I have eaten at Texas de Brazil in Chicago (area) and it is AMAZING!!! Yummy salad bar that seriously puts any other salad bar to shame....really great lobster bisque. The meats are seasoned perfectly and they are very generous with their cuts (besides it is an all-u-can-eat, so you can really go to town).
I stopped in the Northville Gaucho and looked around when they first opened. Their salad bar isn't nearly as big and no lobster bisque. They are quite pricey for dinner, but they do offer a "cheaper" lunch. Will definately try for lunch.
I lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil as a child in the late 60's, early 70's and remember fondly a dish I'm certain anybody familiar with Brazilian foods knows.
My question to you is, does Gaucho have Feijoada? I have been seeking a place that can make a respectable presentation of this most wonderful treat and have yet to find one. Thanks, Glo.