Bolero Brazilian Steak House
The last few times I’ve come to Bolero, I haven’t been all that impressed. The meat is generally on the dry or overcooked side, plus the meat lacks flavour. They do have quite a large selection of meat and other items like the amazing pineapple they serve. This visit was at 11am Sunday for their brunch, which is located at the Smugglers Inn building on McLeod Trail S.
For brunch, it wasn’t their usual hot bar, they had scambled eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, battered deep fried fish with tartar sauce, pasta, and the highlight of the meal, eggs benedict. The benny’s were actually pretty good and was the best thing served at the brunch, even over the specialized brazilian meat. They have a cold bar as well, where I tried for the first time I think, hearts of palm, which were delicious. Other than that, they had a good assortment of different things including peel and eat shrimp (they didn’t put out any shrimp cocktail sauce). This brunch also had an omelette station and dessert section. As for the Rodizio you have a stop and go wood thing where green means bring it on and red means oh my god I’m full. The meats served at brunch were, back ribs (outstanding), top sirloin (bland,overcooked), leg of lamb (cooked perfect but no seasoning), sausage (delicious), chicken drumsticks (good), Tuna (odd, was excited but it was dry), and the almighty pineapple (super outstanding). The Rodizio was rather quick and if there was something you wanted, they would bring it by. The brunch/buffet section was slow and unattended to. Things ran out often and I often heard customers complaining about waiting for brunch items, especially the benny’s.
Overall the place is ok. I don’t give it the high marks that many people do around town. It’s a nice looking restaurant, atmosphere is good, service is good, but the food, in my opinion, really needs to be much improved. Gaucho’s Brazilian Barbecue across from Chinook Centre is by far the better place and is one of my favourite Calgary restaurants (the hot bar is so good), I find it more authentic and much more flavourful. Funny thing is our waiter was raving about how good Gaucho’s was too, it’s got to make you think if he’s saying that.
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