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New Austin Restaurant Review: Sampaios


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New Austin Restaurant Review: Sampaios

Travis Leroy | | Mar 29, 2006 11:17 PM

Located at 4800 Burnet Road. This is a very attractive, upscale Brazilian(?) place, but noisy. The menu had a lot of interesting items, many things I'd never heard of (mandioca griddles, farinha de mandioca, farofa) and the entrees were reasonably priced ($12 to $18).

For non-drinking vegetarians the experience was very limited. There was a wine list, which I cannot comment on. The drinks being served around us looked excellent.

There were no vegetarian entrees, per se, but there were two entrees listed with the notation that they would hold the meat for vegetarians. The dishes being served around us looked excellent.

We had two house salads ($5.50 each), which were very tasty, and two appetizers: the cheese puffs ($5) which were bland and doughy, and the potato and cheese stuffed rice balls ($5) which had a more interesting flavor and a nice red pepper dipping sauce. We shared the Mexido de Galinha, hold the chicken ($11 minus the chicken, $12 with). It was very good, but would have been better if they had substituted some grilled vegetables for the chicken.

Service was iffy. I hate it when several tables are seated after me and get promptly served while I sit with my closed menu, being ignored. But this is likely going to improve as they mature. It has only been open a month.

All-in-all, I think I would give it my highest recommendation. The average meat-eating, hard-drinking, fun-loving chowhound will probably love this place.