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Brazilian Steakhouse

Brazilian Steakhouse, Danbury, CT

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Brazilian Steakhouse, Danbury, CT

TrishUntrapped | Jun 2, 2003 08:39 AM

Recently dined with a large party at Serra Dourada, a churrascaria, rodizio steakhouse, on Newtown Road in Danbury, a/k/a the place with the "indoor waterfalls." Since this place got a great deal of good press from the local paper, we were looking forward to it.

Meals are one price, $15.95 for the buffet and all the meat you can eat. But more doesn't necessarily mean better.

The buffet part which you serve yourself, offered freshly prepared side dishes including rices, beans, yucca, fried cod, roast pork (juicy, moist, flavorful), gazpacho, and fresh veggies and fruits (watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe).

The servers then bring skewers of roasted meats to the table, and in the interactive part of the meal, you tell them which meats you want, and how much. They keep wheeling the skewer carts around till everyone has had enough.

Never having been to a restaurant like this before I thought the concept was fun. But the quality of meats is the thing, and this is where the restaurant falls short of expectations.

The strip and sirloin steaks, which should be the stars, were overly well done, too chewy and not especially juicy. If these really were strips and sirloins as the menu says, they didn't appear to be of the best quality or flavor. Tough like stew meat.

Beef ribs were better and had a nice meaty/marrowy flavor. Roast lamb and rabbit suffered from dryness. But we found the chicken wings and chicken breast wrapped in bacon to be melt in your mouth delicious. Other items sampled and enjoyed were chicken hearts, sausage, and veal ribs.

The decor includes cascades of water effects around the walls which make the room cool temperature wise, and will be pleasant on hot days. The day we went it was cold outside, so the cool interior was not a plus comfortwise.

In short, it was so-so, not an entire miss or hit. I had hoped for better.

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