So I decided to skip Chinese last night, because I've been wanting to try this Brazilian place in Quincy Center that I walk by all the time.
It's located at 1502 Hancock St in Quincy Center, on the block that's becoming quite an international restaurant row.
Overall, it had many good points and a few not so good ones.
The atmosphere is very pleasant, with plenty of room around the tables, and it looks like they do have live music at certain times (there was a bandstand set up).
The service was prompt and friendly. We were seated quickly and our waiter asked if we were familiar with Rodizio bbq, and seemed very pleased that we were already familiar.
We ordered Caprihinas (sp?), and this place makes the best version of this drink that I've had around here. Plenty of liquor, lots of lime and sugar; it was very refreshing and delicious.
The meats on the Rodizio were mostly excellent. They had a nice variety of beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, ribs and chicken hearts. The sirloin of beef with a parmesan cheese crust was delicious, as was the beef filet in garlic sauce. They had chicken wings and chicken wrapped in bacon, which were ok. The wings were a bit dry. The lamb chunks were a bit overdone for my tastes. All the meat was also a bit salty, but I've found that to be the case at most of these places I've been to.
For dessert, we had passion fruit mousse. It was not made on premises, but nevertheless it was delicious. It was creamy and light and had a strong flavor of passion fruit and some mango, I think. Very good.
So, what was the not-so-good part? The salad bar was not up to the standards I've had at the Midwest Grill or Green Field either. There were only about 8 things on the bar and some of it was just lettuce, or chopped up cucumber. Nothing terribly interesting or unusual. Then again, this is a much smaller place than either of those, so they don't have a lot of room for a huge salad bar.
Also, the meats came out way too fast. I think that since it wasn't terribly crowded, they didn't pace it too well. We hadn't even begun to eat one serving when they came around with another skewer of something else. It would have been nice to have a bit more time between table passes.
The Rodizio is very reasonably priced at $15.95. The Caprihina's were only $5 each, which I thought was reasonable too.
Overall, I liked it and I plan to return. However, if you really enjoy the salad bars at these types of restaurants, this one might disappoint you. If you come strictly for the meat, it's definitely good. However, the entire experience is not up to the standard of Green Field or Midwest Grill, so I wouldn't say it was a "destination" dining place, but more of a locals place.