Meat Lovers of the World Unite!

During my trip up to Vancouver this visit, Andy and I met up with Dan downtown and we went out to eat lunch at SAMBA, a Brazillian Steak House. It was so fun – a totally different experience – and we all had a terrific time. I thought you might like to try it sometime, so I’ll give you an idea of how it all works.

A Brazilian “churrascaria,” a barbeque place, is definitely a unique dining experience – as long as you’re a carnivore, that is! Although they offer a standard lunch and dinner menu, the specialty of the house is the “Rodizio.”

If you order the Rodizo, the fun part is that they bring you this little ‘signal card’ – green on one side, red on the other. When you are ready for more meat, you keep the green side facing up and they will continue to stop at your table. When you’ve had enough, flip it to the red side, labelled “I give up!”


The basic premise is that it’s all-the meat-you-care-to-eat. There is a salad and tapas bar you can enjoy throughout the meal but mostly it’s all meat from there.


The meat is skewered on swords and roasted over an open flame, and “passadores” pass by your table with the different types of meat and just slice some off onto your plate. They do a constant circle of the room.


Each slice of meat can be eaten in three bites. We had top sirloin, beef short ribs, pork tenderloin, mini chicken legs, sausages and lamb. The waiter told us that the evening meal actually has an even greater selection of meats – up to 12 different offerings, including ostrich and buffalo!


I can honestly say it was some of the best meat I’ve ever had – amazing natural flavour. After I “gave up” there was definitely no room for dessert.

In the evening the restaurant also features a live Latin band and Brazilian dancers. If you’re looking for a little South American flavour (which always includes lots of meat!), I definitely recommend a visit to a Brazillian barbecue near you!


3 responses to this post.

  1. We have a restaurant like this in St. George. I agree; fun, fun, fun!


  2. That looks so delish…it’s totally making me hungry. I’ll have to see if they have anything like that out here.


  3. After reading about that my P.B&J just isn’t cutting it.


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