My car was at the dealer out in Schaumburg, funny how when the warranty expires so does the working ability for many parts on ones car.
We were on our way and had no idea what we wanted to eat. My wife spied Sal & Carvao, from my initial impression of the sign I thought oh great another Italian food wannabe.
Stepped inside and were pleasantly surprised that is was a Churrasco.
We were immediately seated and I indulged in a Cipriana (sp?), best Ive tasted for sure, LOTS of citrus.
There is a large circular salad bar: hears of palm, yellow & red roasted peppers, tabouli, salad, artichoke hearts, smoked salmon, black bean soup, and some other items. Not an overabundance of items, all were very fresh.
One is provided a clean plate after their salad and then the fun begins (if you like grilled meats) 5 different kinds of meat, 14 different cuts/presentations total. Gauchos come to your table with spits of meat and carve them for you right at your table.
You can view their website for all the varieties, but some standouts for us were: lamb, garlic steak, sirloin, sausages. All were good though. Being confirmed carnivores, my wife and I loved it. There are discs for each person at the table; one side says yes and the other no. When full of meat, turn your disc to the no side and the various meat carvers/servers will not stop at your seat.
Two sides are served, fried bananas and mashed potatoes. Both are refreshed if you run out. The bananas are lightly coated in a sweet breading and then fried, no greasy taste whatsoever. Mashed potatoes were ok, nothing special, could have been more home-style (chunky) IMO.
Endless slices of meat brought to your table does not come cheap, bill w/my one drink was $88.
I had not been to a Churrasco for quite some time and seeing as it was a spontaneous choice, I liked it a lot.
Sal & Carvao
801 East Algonquin Road