okay, after asking for the hounds' insight on this place to no avail, i decided to put myself on the line for y'all. well, not really, but a friend's b-day seemed like a reasonable excuse to go for this festivus carnivorus.
if you're like me, you're almost nervous going into an event like this. you've been training all week. you've got your gameface on as you walk in the door. and then you become weak at the knees when you see the salad bar. this salad bar kicks ass, and throws all your training out the window. the seafood salads (shrimp, scallop, squid) were my favourite, but the other marinated veggies were very good too. mussels were a little old. i actually revisited the bar towards the end of my meal.
i was a little concerned that they might not have the experience of serving high volumes, which means it's a crapshoot at finding a piece of meat at your preferred "doneness". got a little more concerned when they brought out the first piece of meat - bottom sirloin, medium-well, too chewy. then a lamb leg, medium, too chewy. we sent him back and specified to only bring back meats that were medium-rare at the most, and that's when the fun began.
everything was great, picanha (rump steak) the best, pork ribs surprisingly good, top sirloin, garlic beef, and filet mignon also spot-on. pork tenderloin, bottom sirloin, lamb, linguica, and chicken were good, but should be less emphasized.
had a coupla bottles of malbec which turned out to be a good match, and caipirinhas were also had intermittently throughout. they brought out a piece of chocolate cake for the b-day boy - i had a bite and it was good, but maybe just good enough.
oh, the cinnamon-crusted pineapple is not to be missed. in fact, the best strategery should incorporate this every now and again throughout the meal to keep up the endurance.
so now i guess i have to try Chamas for comparison.