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Norfolk's first churrascaria does it right.
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Espeto na Brasa, Norfolk, VA

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Espeto na Brasa Restaurant Review

: When Alex De Paula was growing up in Sao Paulo, his family spent Sundays at the local churrascaria. They’d sit for hours savoring rotisserie meats, sharing stories and laughing, children romping at their feet. Along with his mother and brother, he’s re-created that experience with the first Brazilian steakhouse in the heart of downtown Norfolk. For a fixed price, diners help themselves to a salad bar (don’t miss the potato salad) and hot buffet, loaded with everything from soup and vegetables to beans. Back at the table, they relax while servers with a gracious gusto slice skewered meat (over a dozen types and cuts at dinner, eight at lunch) such as filet mignon, pork, chicken and lamb. Then they flip what looks like a salt shaker to green on top to signal them to “keep it coming” and red for “taking a break.” Call it a lazy man’s buffet. Those looking for a little less protein can feast on just the salad bar and hot buffet for a less meaty price. Brazilian drinks such as the caipirinha and guarana heighten the festive mood in this big, vintage venue. Also located in Virginia Beach.

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Please read this review from a BRAZILIAN COUPLE!!
by PO2Oliveira on Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:42 am
They advertise items in their brochure and on their website that they don't serve!!! I don't even know how to start to describe how bad the whole dinner experience was: Please bear with me.
COLD BUFFET: Really poor salad selection with less than ten varieties. No pride in the preparation. Half of the cold buffet items weren't even Brazilian! NO quail eggs, NO smoked salmon, NO Hearts of Palm, NO cod HOT BUFFET: The hot buffet was a joke! A real insult to me, a native Brazilian who misses home. Black beans seasoned with cumin (Mexican cuisine uses cumin not Brazilians!), and a couple more dishes that are just bad. NO fried stuff, NO bobó de camarão (shrimp stew)
THE MEAT CUTS: BAD!!!!! Not enough meat being served by only two Russian "passadores" (the waiter who slices the beef and puts it on your plate). They had the audacity to keep sending the same dried meat, ultra well done. NO lamb, NO chicken hearts (classic from Brazilian steak houses), NO pork loin, NO pork ribs, NO garlic steak and the king of the steak houses "Picanha" (Top Sirloin) was overcooked and tasteless!!
When I asked for Pão de Queijo (small tasty cheese like-biscuits) the server told us that they don't serve them anymore - same for Bolinho de Bacalhau (cod fish croquettes). We witnessed one of the "passadores" with no experience AT ALL trying to cut the beef to serve and using the wrong technique slamming his knife against a beer bottle on a couple's table and spilling liquid everywhere. When we had enough punishment we decided to leave and asked for the manager to explain why they didn't have the items described in the menu as advertised on small brochures. She turned to us and had the heart to say that wasn't her fault and she was just covering for the manager/owner who was on vacation. THIS PLACE WITHOUT A DOUBT IS ON LIFE SUPPORT!!
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