I don’t think I had to eat until the next day after this meal.
David came in to Boston on Wednesday to go out to lunch with me. There wasn’t much in the area that I had never been to, but when my colleague Lauren suggested Fogo de Chao, we were convinced.
I was actually surprised by the formality of the restaurant. Knowing that it was a Brazilian steakhouse with meats galore, I was excepting a bit more casualness to it. But the service and the ambiance were great. And because it was lunch time, the restaurant was quieter, but the gauchos were there with precision offering the different varieties of meat, chicken and pork.
When we first arrived, I made a bee-line to their impressive salad bar. It certainly wasn’t your typical lettuce/tomatoes/cucumbers/croutons type of salad bar. There items they had were (and not limited to):
24 month, aged parmesan, aged Manchego Cheese, prosciutto, Brazilian hearts of palm, artichoke bottoms, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, smoked salmon, Italian salami, jumbo asparagus, Tabbouleh, shitake mushrooms (information from the Fogo website).
My camera stayed away most of the time until David suggested I take a few pictures. I definitely ate more than what was photographed.
Included in the price of lunch (which was $30.50) was the salad bar, side dishes (mashed potatoes, yucca fries and fried plantains) and all the meat you can eat.
This plate has the pork ribs and the bacon wrapped filet. The bacon was smoky and delicious. I also tried their house special which was picanha (top sirloin – prime cut). I was able to get a perfectly cooked medium rare piece and the seasonings were simple so it didn’t overpower the meat. I also enjoyed the filet mignon, beef ancho (rib eye), alcatra (top sirloin – special cut), fraldinha (bottom sirloin), and the chicken. All of it was cooked perfectly and I was sufficiently stuffed for the rest of the day. We were both happy diners.
The service was also top notch. Every time our cards were green-side up, they were right there, ready to show off their creation. And everyone was just so friendly and accommodating. The lunch time rush wasn’t all that busy, so I would be interested in going back during dinner to see them in action when it’s busy.
Have you ever been to a Fogo de Chao?
Fogo de Chao is located at 200 Dartmouth Street in Boston.