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Lunch disappointment at Green Field

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Lunch disappointment at Green Field

rxrfrx | Dec 28, 2004 07:40 AM

Me and 3 others tried Green Field churrascaria for lunch yesterday. I'm glad it was only $10 for all you can eat (until 4pm on weekdays), as the quality of the food was quite disappointing.

- Chicken drumsticks: no detectable flavor. It just tasted like they popped some chicken in the oven for an hour or so, without any seasoning. This was odd, as everthing else was highly salted.

- Chunks of beef + onion: chewy, dried-out, and bloody-tasting at the same time. The flavor of the salty, tangy marinade came through as well, though. Not very good.

- Bacon-wrapped turkey: I'm usually skeptical of bacon-wrapped items, especially if they have the risk of being overdone (as essentially everything there was), but this item was entirely perfect. A super-moist, spongy, almost spamlike cube of turkey was wrapped in a medium-rare strip of bacon, the whole thing totally salty and smoky.

- Sirloin: Pretty much like the kebab-chunks, but sliced thin at the table. Because it was cooked very slowly, but past the medium-point, it had a livery/bloody flavor, but was also too dry. The crust on the outside, however (if you got a piece) was delicious and kind of tasted like cheddar Goldfish crackers.

- Pork: Extremely rubbery, but had a tasty marinade going on. Not too dry.

- Sausage: Tasty. Kind of hard to mess up a good sausage. Not exactly emotionally satisfying... I could cook sausage at home.

- Sushi bar: Whatever was sitting there when we arrived was totally dried out, but that didn't stop us from eating 10+ pieces of salmon nigiri, which came in generous cuts and didn't have too much rice. Fish was passably fresh but not impressively so.

- Cooked dishes etc.: "Fried mozzarella" was mostly bread on the inside, with some cheese mixed in. Stewed beef rib with yucca was fairly tender and quite pleasant... I could eat a plate of this stuff if I were paying by the pound. Tiny balls of fresh mozzarella were pleasant. A radish salad was nicely spiced, though I took care not to eat any significant quantity of these salad items.

- Desserts: As far as I could tell, the only dessert available at lunchtime under the all-you-can-eat policy was flavorless melon chunks and citrus slices. This is an embarrassment in comparison to Tin Tin Buffet's all-you-can-eat-self-serve soft serve (not that I'd ever eat there again). The super-overbearing waiter ("you guys are welcome to come back any time!") tried to get us to order coffee and dessert. A pint of Phish Food from the supermarket filled that niche.


I've never tried the by-the-pound down the street at Cafe Belo, and I definitely must do that now that I've tried Green Field. Perhaps the low turnover at lunch (about 10 tables were occupied in the restaurant) caused the overcooking, as theorized in another recent lunchtime GF review, but I can't be sure. I can, however, say that the overcooked-and-dry-yet-still-scrumptious meat at O'Fado in Peabody (by the pound) is way better than the stuff at Green Field.

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