Copacabana Opened; and its Great!
So, was driving by Copacabana on Eglinton, and it was finally sporting a "Now Open" Sign. Located their telephone number by calling the Niagara Falls location. Made a reservation. Their phone number by the way (as it is difficult to find) is 416-916-2099. We were a party of four.
Its a fairly casual and pleasant space with high ceilings and nice decor. For those who have tried a Brazillian Rodizio buffet in the States, such as Texas D'Brazil, its not as formal an environment as that.
But, lets cut to the chase....
The buffest was terrific. Some of excellent pastas (better than most Italian restaurants I have been to lately!), very good caesar salad, very nice selection of olives, nice fresh boccocini and tomato salad, nice selection of cheeses and breads, beautiful grilled vegetables, and the list goes on...I couldnt possibly try everything - and that it the test of a good buffet. Everything i did try was great. It was a very good omen of what was to come; one could tell from the quality of the buffet that it would be impossible for the people who put the buffet together to let you down on the meats to come. It could use a little improvement, but it was much better than one would ever expect and honestly, I would go there just for the buffet.
A word of caution though! The plates for the buffet are large, as is the selection, so fight off the urge to eat a full dinner bufffet before you even try the meat! its so hard to do!!!
The meats...well....they were EXCELLENT! As good as I have had at Texas D'Brazil. Great selection too., And the meats kep coming and coming. Tender, juicy, steaks and meats of all kind. Couldnt possibly try everything. They were missing some dishes from what they say is their usual assortment due to having just opened up last thursday, but the selection that they had was amazing, and almost all were perfectly cooked and seasoned. Everything from the spicy Morroccon chicken, to the delicious flank stank, to the Sirloin, to the garlic steak, to the...you get the idea. All wonderful, just the lamb chop was a touch too overcooked, but this oversight is not representative of their cooking at all. We even met the meat chef who is apparently some famous brazillian meat chef who has opened many Rodizio style restaurants and the manager said they were so luck to have him. The meat chef was personally coming around and offering selections of meats.
the service was antentive with water glasses always filled. Managemetn and hostesses were all nice. On this night it appeared that the wiater was spread a bit thin, but for a new restaurant, the service adn everything was surprisingly and remarkably efficeint and good.
My only complaint, and it is a small one, was that my diet coke wasn't very good and each pop was $4! If the rest of the meal wasnt excellent, this would have been a problem as our pop bill came to $20! They should at least make refills free or lower the price of soft drinks.
We only paid $30 a person, whcih seemed like it was a promotional rate, because weekends are normally $40 per person aaccording to the menu.
Look guys, I have not been to a restaurant in toronto that I felt this good about in recent memory. For toronto, this was a very pleasant and unexpected surprise!
For meat lovers, it is a must go to.
I am sure people will have some suggestions for improvements, such as they should have Brazillian steak sauce available, and maybe go a little more sophisticated on the buffet, but even at $40 it would be well worth the price, but you better go there hungry. I can barely move now!!! One person in our party made a good point; the buffet is almost too good and maybe should be more lighter dishes rather than hearty appetizers and pastas, because its too filling!
Tried it tonight and agree fully with Teffub. That being said I would have liked some excellent mashed potatoes or baby potatoes to go with all the juicy meats. Their style of pineapple is better when more grilled so I hope they pay more attention to serving a more carmelized slice in the future. I highly recommend this restaurant to all serious carnivores! It is great value. Grab the sun dried olives to compliment your meats!