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Samba report

Susan H | Nov 14, 2003 07:58 AM

A group of us went to Samba Wed. night. It's a Brazilian restaurant in a refurbished bank near 7th and Girard. Rodizio is featured and Wednesday is two-for-one. Lovely space. We started with the house signature drink -- mashed limes and sugar (the owner, Joe, uses a wooden pestle to mash them) with a strong liqueur poured liberally over them. Pick a designated driver. Then we were seated. There's an odd salad bar -- iceberg lettuce, peel-your-own shrimp, potato salad, seafood salad, some bread (skip the bread -- you'll be eating too much other stuff). Then they bring pots of rice, black beans, red beans, a plate of greens, a plate of french fries and fried bananas (not plantains -- bananas), and a chef comes by periodically with two kinds of meat on two long swords. Let's see if I can remember them all: about 3 kinds of roast beef; lamb; chicken legs; turkey wrapped with bacon; filet mignon wrapped with bacon; buffalo; chicken hearts; baby back ribs. Most of the meat was very salty (particularly on the outside portions) but otherwise good. If we were to go back, I'd call ahead and see if Joe would prepare some of the portions without the salt. Wine's available, but not very good. The "last course" from the skewers is grilled pineapple, which might have been the highlight. The whole pineapple is skinned and skewered, and then (it appears) grilled and then rolled in cinnamon. Thin slices are then carved onto your plate (use the tongs to hold the slice as it comes off -- also a technique used for the roast beefs). The result is incredibly sweet and refreshing after all that protein. Service is slow (which might be a good thing given the quantities) -- we got there at 7 and didn't leave until after 10. Total bill (not counting booze) was about $16 per person including tip(they charge tax before taking off the two-for-one savings).

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