New Brazilian rodizio opening in Stamford
Saw some food pictures on a local food blogging site and the meats looked pretty dainty (or the gauchos swords are HUGE by comparison!) and not overly appetizing. And these weren't awful cell phone pictures either.
I walk by the place daily and haven't seen a crowd in there yet, but they've only been open a short time.
It opened on 3/17 and I ate there with some friends this past Sat night. They made next to no changes from the old Houlihan’s layout, which was disappointing. The bar area was not busy but drink service was very, very slow. I guess new opening pains. But the manager ended up recognizing this and stepped in to help.
I haven’t eating at a Brazilian steakhouse in more then 10 years and that was in Manhattan, but I remember the overall experience being better. I am not a fan of salad bar at a higher end restaurant and this was a main part of the menu. The appetizers that came with the meal were nothing special, just a few fried items. But the meats that came around were good and that I guess is the main point. I felt they should have had some variety of dipping sauces to go with the meats like I have experiences in the past, but that is my personal preference.
Overall I would give the experience a B. I wouldn’t run back next weekend, but I would go again with others if they wanted to try this type of a place. If it was just my wife and I alone, we wouldn’t go back. I would rather get a good steak or grilled meats some place else. Price was fair for unlimited meats and salad bar. I think $37 per person.
Looking forward to reading other people’s take on this new restaurant.