Lunch Rodizio at the Grill from Ipanema, Belltown

They were having a groupon deal for this place, $30 for a $50 groupon which you could use for the lunch rodizio on a weekend, so we came here one sunday (free parking :P) The food was great! If you haven’t been to a churrascaria before, how it works it they have these servers come up to your table with skewers and they slice meat off kebabs right at your table onto your plate. The meat service is endless and is up to you how much meat you would like to eat for a single buffet price (lunch is $27.95 excl tax). They also provide a buffet style salad bar to accompany the meat heavy rodizio, with rice, soup, bread, cured meat, and all kinds of salads. You can order dishes a la carte as well, but almost everybody does the rodizio experience.

The Grill from Ipanema
Z and I really liked their tomato bisque, which I sprinkled with farota. These were his vegetables – he’s getting pretty good at plating isn’t he? The bok choy was meh, but the glazed green beans with mandarins and cashews are pretty good.

The Grill from Ipanema
Here’s the signboard all oxidized outside the restaurant. The shopfront is kind of narrow, but it extends really deep inside to give a great view!

The Grill from Ipanema
They give you a red/green coaster that you flip to signify when you want meat to be served at your table or when you want to take a break.

The Grill from Ipanema
Everyone gets this starter: Plantain fritters and mini cheese buns, both of which are AMAZING. I can’t believe how many tables left their plantain fritters behind! Z and I were seriously tempted to snatch some of them up for ourselves but we managed to control that impulse. The cheese bun is really small but packs a whole lot of flavour. Goes perfectly with their array of soups/stews.

The Grill from Ipanema
Here are some of the vegetables from the buffet selection, selected to go with the meat. I didn’t find that a whole lot of them went well with the meat except for the israeli salad as well as the grilled vegetables, but they are nice as a salad.

The Grill from Ipanema
They had grilled cauliflower, eggplant, ham and cheese. The cheeses there are pretty uninspiring, I wouldn’t fill up on those.

The Grill from Ipanema
The passionfruit chicken drumstick was alright; the passionfruit flavour was not really pronounced.

The Grill from Ipanema
Sirloin steak, cut to your level of doneness off the skewer.

The Grill from Ipanema
The best cut there imo is the tip steak, which is cured and charred really nicely on the outside. It’s really salty if you just eat the crispy little bits of fat on the outside but so good. The meat is tender and flavorful throughout too.

The Grill from Ipanema
The best vegetables there are the grilled asparagus and portabellas. Even though the portabellas were too salty, they still went nicely with the less well-marinated cuts. The asparagus was crunchy and fresh. Both were coated with a lot of oil, so it’s definitely not the healthiest thing on the salad bar.

The Grill from Ipanema
Cherry tomato and ham macaroni salad – this was alright, nothing special.

The Grill from Ipanema
Pork sausages, black pepper steak and grilled pineapple. I loved the sausages. They went best with the cucumbers in the Israeli salad. Try to get the inner flesh of the pineapple (when about half of it has been shaved off already, but it has been put through the rotisserie again with the cinnamon spice reapplied). That’s the juiciest bit. When the pineapple is still pretty much whole on the skewer the flesh can be a little tough.

The Grill from Ipanema
The parmesan pork loin was also very flavourful, moist, and cheesy. I would steer clear of their steak cubes though – they were dry and tough and one of the worst cuts.

The Grill from Ipanema
The tomato and cilieghine salad is not bad, but they could use a better quality cilieghine.

It was a pretty fun experience! The whole thing including tip and the original groupon price ($30) came up to slightly under $50 for the two of us, which I thought was pretty worth it. We were really full when we left though, so your stomach may have to do quite a bit of work digesting all that meat and oil.

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