Monday, August 13, 2007

STEAK HOUSE BRASIL – Puerto Vallarta

Steak House Brasil is located in the Zona Romantica area of Vallarta - the older, charming Puerto Vallarta. Zona Romantica (aka Los Muertos) is Vallarta's most energized area with the southside’s beach, restaurants, bars, lounges and beachside cafes. The neighborhood continues to experience revitalization. The main street, Olas Altas, is lined with a variety of dining options, sidewalk cafes, great bars and nightclubs. Vallarta is ever changing & growing.

Brasil is a casual restaurant with a tropical feel, offering an open dining area and an air conditioned room (smoke free). I have eaten here several times and have yet to see a menu. It may exist but I always order the Brazilian buffet dinner. For those not familiar with a Brazilian restaurant, the large selection of meats are roasted/grilled and the sides are served family style. You can choose as much or as little of each.

Dinner begins with crispy chicken wings and a delicious garlic & parsley mayo-like dipping sauce. The wings are followed by deep fried rice balls and fried bananas rolled in cinnamon and sugar. I would prefer to have the bananas at the end of the meal – not the beginning. The rice balls are fantastic. The trio of sides – pasta and vegetable salad, carrot and raisin salad and thick slices of tomato and quick steamed broccoli are delicious and quickly replenished.

The roasted meats for this evening included chorizo, pork loin, beef filet wrapped in bacon, top sirloin, rib eye, NY strip, and turkey breast wrapped in bacon. My favorites were the rib eye (sliced at my plate), the beef filet and the turkey breast. Superb!

A chimichurri sauce and a smoked pepper tomato sauce are served with the meats. Both are excellent; pair with your meats, you will find your favorite combination.

Pace yourself. The meat comes quickly. I recommend asking what meats will be served when you arrive. Feel free to pass on a meat if you are still enjoying a prior selection. You can ask for a particular meat when you are ready or wait until it again comes to your table.

I highly recommend the Brazilian cocktail – the Caipirinha (lime with cachca – a liquor similar to vodka). Very refreshing in this tropical heat!

Good value, comfortable space, very accommodating and friendly staff, and an attentive manager make for an enjoyable evening.

Mmm, Mmm…


$ 10
$$ 20
$$$ 30
$$$$ 40+

+ Stop bothering me!
++ Anyone here?
+++ Stopped when in the area.
++++ As needed and friendly.
+++++ Invisibly perfect!

✦ “One visit too many!”
✦✦ “Convince me!”
✦✦✦ “I’ll be back!”
✦✦✦✦ “Same table next week!”

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