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Jul 21, 2011 04:34 PM

Sabor Brasil, Nashua

Went to Sabor Brasil on Canal St in Nashua for the first time today and have to share the experience with other Chowhounds. It's a hole in the wall near BAE, in the area around Margarita's. My co-workers had been there before and raved about it, so I was intrigued.

It's a small place with about 20 tables, and only one other person was there when we got there. You seat yourself and walk up to the buffet, fill your plate, and at the end, you select your meat, which is presented on skewers and served onto your plate. The meats to choose from included beef, garlic beef, chicken, pork ribs, chicken with bacon, sausage, chicken with hearts, and a few others I can't recall.

The buffet had about 20 items, including salad, fruit, vegetables, beans, black beans, chicken wings in sauce, roasted pork, white rice, yellow rice, and a lot of other things i obviously can't remember, but a nice selection. You then have your plate weighed before sitting.

The food was fantastic. Meat was tender, sides were flavorful, salad was fresh. Service was excellent, though it was a buffet. The same friendly, sweet young lady who served us the meat and weighed the plates took our drink orders, then delivered them to the table. (I got a bottle of water--she gave me a glass of ice with a straw, which I hadn't asked for).

I have no prior experience with Brazilian food, but my co-workers said that this was better than Gauchos in Manchester, which they said cost $33 a person. My total today, with drink and tax, was $6.42. Granted, I went a little light on the meat, since I just wanted to sample a few things, and next time I'll be getting more, but still, you can't beat that price. I hope others check this place out and that it stays in business.

Sabor Brasil
42 Canal St, Nashua, NH 03064

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  1. Had lunch at Sabor Brasil. We greatly enjoyed the hospitality of the wonderfully warm and friendly server and meat-guy. The Brasilian coffee was good and strong. The flan was a bargain at $2.50 for a very generous portion of custardy goodness. We enjoyed the sides including plantains, beans, rice, okra, and fresh salad greens. The meat, however, did disappoint. I had the garlic beef and a good third of my two pieces were thick gristle. I also feel the meat was dry. The lamb was better but a bit dry, as well. I want to love this place and we'll give it another try and hope the quality of the meat is better.

    Sabor Brasil
    42 Canal St, Nashua, NH 03064

    6 Replies
    1. re: three of us

      Sorry your experience wasn't better. I'm not a Brazilian food expert by any means, but the meat I had when I went was excellent, although I didn't try as many kinds as I will next time. I hope this place isn't hit or miss with quality; I plan to go again next will and will report back.

      1. re: Tante

        We noticed a Columbian restaurant a block or so away, towards Main. Have you heard anything about it?

        There also was an interesting latino market that advertised its own butcher. When we have more time, I'd like to check it out.

        1. re: three of us

          Wow, I forgot about that restaurant! I am not sure who is running it now, but I knew the owners a few years ago and had a chance to sample their cooking outside the restaurant...the food was great, so hopefully they are still in there cooking!

      2. re: three of us

        Since you went for lunch, I wonder if the meat was reheated from the night before. That would explain the dryness. Or maybe it was just overcooked and sat for a while.

        1. re: Msample

          I thought the same thing re. the meat being reheated and hence the dryness. The amount of gristle wouldn't be affected by that, though. We'll give it another try sometime and hope for a better meat experience.

          BTW, the 42 Canal St. address puzzled us. When you turn right onto Canal from Main, the Dunkin Donuts on the right has the number 42 on the front of the building. Sabor Brasil is down the street on the left, several blocks away.

          1. re: three of us

            I haven't been to the Columbian place yet, but I'm interested in checking that out too.

            I can see that the address is confusing, since Dunkin Donuts is 42 Main St. :)