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Na Brasa....how is it?

CakeMom Sep 26, 2009 09:05 PM

I've been wanting to try out the new Brazilian Steakhouse on 611...Na Brasa. We've been to a Rodizio Grill before out west, and LOVED it...and so I am hoping La Brasa is similar.

Anyone been there? Is it pretty good?

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    phillyjazz Sep 27, 2009 02:49 PM

    I've been there, and it is a great deal for lunch (and free parking.) Pretty standard Rodizio fare (with the addition of a pretty good salmon.) I have had better (like Fogo de Chao where they actually cook over wood like in Houston .. Philly uses gas.)

    I don't think you will be disappointed. Meat is not overly salted as at some others, and you can get the meat done to your liking.

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      CakeMom Sep 27, 2009 07:21 PM

      Isn't there a Fogo de Chao in Jersey or Philly? We haven't tried that one either...but the Na Brasa seemed a little cheaper and more like Rodizio Grill which we like....

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        Hungryin theBurbs Sep 27, 2009 08:08 PM

        Try Picanha Grill in Northeast Philly. It's a rodizio place, cheaper and less ambience than Fogo, but every bit as good or better as far as the food.

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          TT2 Nov 16, 2009 12:45 PM

          I'm with you Hungry. I like the neighborhood feel of Picanha and their Pave dessert is amazing. The meat is grilled over wood. It's cheaper and they have the same meats. It's also BYOB, and they have these great juices that they don't have at Fogo. You kinda feel like you're in Brasil with the tv on Brasilian channels.

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        leepinleemur Sep 27, 2009 08:36 PM

        Na Brasa has lunch? That is not indicated on the website, although they did just start sunday brunch. How much is lunch?

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          phillyjazz Sep 28, 2009 01:20 PM

          I guess I meant it is 30 on Weekdays and 35 on weekends. We went early, so I guess I considered it lunch (since we usually have dinner around 8:30 <g>. They open at 4:30 on Friday.

          Pincanha is OK, but I've often found their meats very salty, and hardly ever even medium-rare. Very good meal for the price, but if you are fussy about your meats, it may disappoint. I've also found the meat selection hit-or-miss unless you pester the waiters for a particular cut (like Picanha.)

          Fogo is in Philly, but as I stated earlier, has to cook on gas because of their location. It's just not the same as wood, no matter what they will tell you.

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            Hungryin theBurbs Sep 28, 2009 01:43 PM

            I agree that Picanha is salty, but I like that. I have found them to be very accommodating when we have told them we prepare more rare cuts of beef, then they always bring them over.

            I also like at Picanha that you can buy your food by weight--take a plate over to the grill, select the meat(s) you want, add the sides and weigh the plate. Still plenty of food and it comes out cheaper than the rodizio unless you are an enormous eater.

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              phillyjazz Sep 28, 2009 03:58 PM

              I think the deal at Picanha is that if you are there when they are not busy, they will do ANYTHING for you. If they are pressed, they don't have the same kind of staffing the big stores have. I love that they will make Caipirinhas for you if you bring your own hooch.

              BTW, when I went to Na Brasa they had a Caipirinha cart, and offered everyone a complimentary one. Since they had a tip jar, I suspect they would also give refills, but I was driving the Turnpike so I passed.

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                seagulls1 Oct 30, 2009 08:06 PM

                I agree, Picanha is great if your looking for inexpensive family style attention and service. We brought the bottle and they made magic with it. But the meat was only pretty good. A little bit tough and mostly medium to well done.

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                  TT2 Nov 16, 2009 12:48 PM

                  South Americans like their meat on the medium-well, well-done side. My family & I are regulars there, so they accomodate us with the rare/medium rare. However, I kinda like the picanha when it's a little more cooked bc the fat gets nice and crispy.

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        curly girl Oct 1, 2009 05:36 PM

        I went to naBrasa with three other couples. All enjoyed their dinner and were very pleased with the selections. Great salad bar and I agree with another post that the salmon is awesome - great flavor and sauce. Would highly recommend them. Desserts are good too and service is very good.

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        naBrasa Brazilian Steakhouse
        680 North Easton Road, Horsham, PA

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          cheflynnie Oct 29, 2009 12:06 PM

          Does NaBrasa take reservations? What's the atmosphere like? Crowded/loud? Intimate/quiet? Somewhere in between? I'm looking for a nice restaurant to take my husband out for his b-day next week. Thanks!

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            phillyjazz Oct 29, 2009 02:21 PM

            It was not at all crowded when I went, but there was a table with a crying baby that was quite annoying. Luck of the draw. Like all rodizios, it is a big hall, not intimate, but tasteful, wood-oriented decor. They had a solo guitarist singing in Portuguese, which was a nice touch. It would certainly be appropriate for a festive birthday.

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              cheflynnie Nov 5, 2009 08:58 AM

              Thanks - this is helpful. I'll definitely add this to the "must try" lists. We're actually going to try a place out in Skippack - the Roadhouse Grille - it has a nice looking menu (not overly creative!), so we'll see how that works. Thanks again!

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                phillyjazz Nov 5, 2009 03:46 PM

                The Roadhouse is a nice little romantic place. They used to have great jazz duos.

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          seagulls1 Nov 12, 2009 12:58 AM

          We 5 went last night and it was great. Parking was ok for us as it was a Wed nite but it is a small lot and when we got inside only 1 of 2 dining areas was in use. so parking on a friday or sat could be a challenge. The interior decor was really nice and the bathrooms very clean. the wait staff was great and our waiter "Oscar" very attentive. The "salad bar" had a great selection and everything was fresh. 2 items that stuck out for me the calamari salad was very good and the asparagus spears , served cold , were very large tender and perfectly blanched. I counted 14 meats and the salmon. All were great, perfectly seasoned and every one tender and full of flavor. As should be the pincanha was excellent, my daughter commented it reminded her of fresh young venison as it had so much flavor, beefy not gamey. On another site I had seen a few negative comments from those who prefered well done meat and I could see that it could be a problem as everything was rare to med rare, which we love, but they may have had a poor rapport with their waiter, Oscar was great and I would be very surprised had we wanted anything he would have gotten it for us as well as the "Gauchoes" were all very nice and patient offering to cut down the exact slice as you directed. I requested cuts that included a section of outside and fat with rare center and every gauchoe cut for me. My daughter did share a bit of her very good flan and the coffee was also very good. The bill for the 5 of us with 4 caprihinas was $200.13 so $40 PP.

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