Bacana - A Brazilian Steakhouse
Posted at 11 Dec 2008 11:02:35 AM
Last night Dan and I went out for a bit. I needed new shoes (I'm finally retiring the ankle boots that I've had since middle school - all together now, "Yay!"), he needed printer ink for the copious paperwork this house purchase seems to require, and hey, getting out of the house for any reason is a Good Thing.
So, driving to the mall we saw Chili's. Said "Hey, Chili's! That's a possibility.." Across the way from Chili's was a restaurant neither of us had noticed before: something called Bacana: Brazilian Steakhouse
. We looked at each other. We thought "Hmm.. never seen that before, but steak is tasty." Long story short, we decided to try something new and check it out.
The review in two words: Amazing. And also, Amazing.
The concept is simple: on your table is a little round card. One side says "Yes", one side says "No." As long as the "Yes" side is face-up, servers with various types of meat on skewers come around to your table and ask whether you'd like some. You get a little pair of tongs with your fork and steak knife, so they carve off a slice of whatever-it-is and you take it with your tongs and move it to your plate. This goes on for as long as you can stuff food into yourself: it's a flat $30 price tag for the salad bar, food, and dessert.
Almost everything is cooked rotisserie-style in small portions, with each portion being just a few bites' worth. This means that you can effectively try everything in the place before you get full. Then, of course, you can flip your card to "No," enjoy your iced tea and wait for your stomach to settle before flipping it back to "Yes" ;)
Among the standouts that I can remember: Chicken wrapped in bacon. Beef tenderloin (oh my god). Pork tenderloin. Beef brisket with this amazingly salty crust - I could have gnawed on that forever. Chicken wings. Salmon. Shrimp. Did I mention the tenderloin? We didn't try the flank steak because by that point we were stuffed, but it did look darn tasty.
Somehow we found the room to stop at Oberweis on the way home for an ice cream and game of chess, while running outside every few minutes to watch the Lunar Eclipse.
It was an impromptu, highly excellent night.