How to get the most out of my Brazilian steakhouse visit?

If your first ever visit to a Brazillian steakhouse is coming up, you may be wondering what you can expect – and how to get the most out of your Brazillian steakhouse visit.

Well, the answer is pretty simple: come prepared! Most Brazilian steakhouses (Rodizios) offer an all-you-can-eat meat service, so it’s important to pace yourself and make the most of your meal. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your experience:

Come hungry

This one may seem obvious, but it has to be said. A Brazilian steakhouse is not the place to go if you are trying to watch your weight. Brasilian steakhouses are all about meat, meat, and more meat. The best way to enjoy your meal is to come hungry so that you can sample as much of the delicious food as possible.

Be prepared to try new things

There’s a lot of variety on offer at  Brazilian steakhouses – not just in the meats on offer, but also in the side dishes, salads and sauces. It can be daunting trying something new, but that’s half the fun! Most Brazilian steakhouses will have a wide variety of items on their menu, so you’re sure to find something to your taste.

Don’t be afraid to ask your waiter or waitress for recommendations, they’ll be more than happy to help you find the perfect dish. And who knows, you might just find a new favourite! So don’t be afraid to try something new at a Brazilian steakhouse – you might just love it.

Don’t fill up on bread and salad

Yes, the bread is delicious, and the salad bar is loaded with all sorts of tempting goodies, but resist the urge to overeat too quickly. Remember, there’s a lot of meat coming your way and you want to save room for it. The salad bar is typically unlimited refills, so you can always come back for more later.

Pace yourself with the meats

The meats at a Brazilian steakhouse are brought around on skewers and carved directly onto your plate.  There are a lot of different cuts, so it can be easy to overindulge. But if you want to get the most out of your experience, it’s important to pace yourself.

The best way to do this is to take a little bit of everything. Start with the milder meats, like chicken and pork, and then move on to the more flavorful options, like beef and lamb.

If you pace yourself and take advantage of all the different meats on offer, you’ll have a truly memorable experience at your Brazilian steakhouse.

Don’t forget the sides

We already mentioned not to overdo it with the sides because you want to make room for meat. However, that doesn’t mean you should miss out on the sides. Quite the opposite. There are a lot of delicious side dishes to choose from at a Brazilian steakhouse, and you should try as many of them as you can.

Be sure to ask your server what sides are available, and mix and match to create the perfect meal. Some favourite Brazillian sides include:

  • Fejoada – a Brazillian black bean stew made with chorizo, and beef
  • Salpicao – a traditional cold salad made with red and white cabbage, chicken, peas, carrot, sweetcorn, sulltanas and apples
  • Farofa – a traditional Brazillian side dish made with boiled eggs, carrots, onions, garlic and beef

There are many options and you’re sure to find something you love!

Know how to say stop

With all the meat coming your way you may be wondering what to do when you are full. Most Brazillian Rodizios have a system using the coasters on your table. Red side up means stop and green side up means keep the meat coming! So make sure you keep the coasters visible so you can get the most of your experience.

Save room for dessert

As you may have noticed the key thing to have when visiting a Brazillian steakhouse is a healthy appetite. With all the delicious meats and sides it’s easy to overdo it, but make sure to leave some room for dessert! The desserts are just as good as everything else and you’ll regret it if you don’t try at least one.

Some favourite  Brazillian desserts include:

  • Pudim de Leite – a light and creamy Brazilian caramel flan
  • Mousse do maracuja – melt in the mouth Brazilian passion fruit mousse
  • Pastelillo de guayaba – velvety guava cheesecake

So when you’re planning your meal at a Brazilian steakhouse, make sure to save room for dessert! You won’t regret it.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

If you’re not sure how something works or what a certain dish is, just ask! The staff at Brazilian steakhouses are very friendly and happy to help. Plus, asking for help shows that you’re interested in learning about the culture and trying new things – which is always a good thing.

You are now ready!

Now you know a little more about what to expect at a Brazilian steakhouse and how to get the most out of your experience. So go forth, be adventurous. Brazilian steakhouses offer a truly unique dining experience, and one that you’re sure to enjoy. With a little bit of knowledge and a willingness to try new things, you’ll be sure to have a great time.  

At Beleza, we offer an authentic Brazillian steakhouse experience and we would be delighted to have you. Our staff will make sure you enjoy your meal and have a great experience. Visit our beautiful Brazilian Restaurant soon!