Bolero Brazilian Steak House
May31

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. What’s In Front Of Us:...

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Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue
Dec20

Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue

    Restaurant: Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue Cuisine: Steakhouse, Brazilian Barbecue Date Visited: December 17, 2010  11:45am Location: 100 – 5920 MacLeod Trail SW, Calgary (Across from Chinook Centre)  Hours: Lunch and Dinner, see times on their website Contact: 403-454-9119  http://www.brazilianbbq.ca/  Online Reservations available on website and at www.opentable.com   Price Range: $16.99 to $35 Overall Rating: Rating Scale (1. Yuck, 2. I’m eating it but won’t order again, 3. This is good, 4. This is really good worth recommending, 5. OMG I need to facebook and tweet about this and can’t stop thinking about it) Food: 5/5 Service: 5/5 Ambiance: 5/5 Overall: 5/5 Additional Comments: Much better location than their old one, larger and great set up  Food is always fresh and hot  Additional buffet included and has many selections Friends that have been to many different Brazilian Barbecue’s, they say this stacks up to the competition, including ones in Brazil Impeccable service Easily one of my favourite restaurants Gaucho’s has to be one of the best places to eat in Calgary.  Today YYC’s Best Eats took out the Virgin Radio Morning show team 98.5fm, Marc, Dani and Fuzzy for lunch.  The food is outstanding and it’s everything a meat eater could ask for.  The food is perfectly seasoned and very tasty.  The different sauces are a great accompaniment to the food.  If you like hot sauce, they definitely have one of the best. If you’ve never been to a Brazilian BBQ before, the rodizio is something everyone should try.  They have the chefs coming around constantly with different swords of meat that looks amazing.  In my opinion the Picanha is out of this world, rump steak with simple sea salt on it.  They have many different meats consisting of beef, lamb, pork, and chicken that come around with all types of great flavours. There is an accompanying buffet with these meals, which include many different types of salads, hot dishes, with one of my favourites, rice and black beans.   One of the absolute bests of this restaurant is their Mandioca Frita, which is cassava wedges sprinkled with Grana Padno cheese, sea salt and oregano, add some hot sauce to this and you have a winning combination If you’re looking for the best drink in the house, you must get the Caipirinha, which is a hand muddled lime, blended with cachaca (a sweet sugarcane liqueur).  I could drink a hundred of these.  It’s sort of like a jacked up mojito. If you ever need anyone to go with you to Gaucho’s don’t hesitate to contact me or any of the Virgin Radio Morning show team, we’ll never say no to this...

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