Bar to Bar Through Beantown
“Their pre-set menu includes 16 courses of all you can eat meat….literally.”
Address: 105 Huntington Avenue
Date of Visit: Thursday, December 29, 2011
Bartender Name: George
When we first heard the name the Brazilian Steakhouse, we pictured laminate tables with florescent lighting and perhaps some errant flies buzzing about (is that wrong? – we just immediately thought of Nan Ling in Boston, delicious and cheap Chinese food in a completely awkward setting). But as we found, the name hardly does this hidden gem ANY justice. The bar here in quaint, but the entire restaurant is pretty cozy as well. Featuring low light and deep wood throughout, as well as a super-attentive staff and a pretty unique concept for this area, it is certainly a place we will return. Parking here is a huge pain, and we’d recommend parking across the street or in one of the larger lots next door unless you have a Mini Cooper.
In terms of food, steer clear of the individual entrees and just go all out, because it’s absolutely worth every penny of delicious goodness; however, if you’re not quite ready to dive into the pile of meat that is the “Pre-Set Menu”, the steakhouse also features a more low-key bar menu for consumption while hanging out and watching a game (I’d imagine this place would be a nice spot to stop in for a lunch on a weekend). Their pre-set menu includes 16 courses of all you can eat meat….literally. They staff comes by with skewers and carve to order at your table (check out picture of Eric below!). Even though we barely had room for dessert, we ordered the Volcano cake which was heavenly, as in, we would go back just for that!
Valerie’s Drink of Choice: Caipirinha
Ingredients: Brazil’s Signature Cocktail: Cachaca, Muddled Lime and Sugar
Review: To be honest, when I ordered this drink, I had no idea what Cachaca was, but knew I had to try it as it’s Brazil’s signature cocktail. The muddled lime and sugar sounded good too given my recent mojito obsession. This drink was deliciously strong, tasting more like tequila than the rum/mojito vibe I was expecting, but great nonetheless. I should have taken a picture of my “empty” glass so that you would be able to see just how much lime was in this drink, I swear it was a whole lime diced up into small pieces! Come to find out that Cachaca is made from fresh sugar cane as opposed to molasses like rum, and is typically 38% to 48% alcohol by volume (thanks Wikipedia!) I would definitely order this one again!
Eric’s Drink of Choice: BBTini
Ingredients: Scotch, St. Germain, Grenadine, Simple Syrup
Review: I decided to to try the BBTini, mainly because I had never had a scotch cocktail, but as many of you know, enjoy scotch immensely (think Will Ferrell in Anchorman, “I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly… “). The waiter was kind enough to ask my preferred spirit, which for the purpose of this cocktail I chose Johnny Walker Black (I know, a blend, but I didn’t want to downplay the integrity of a single malt by MIXING it, jeez).
The BBTini was delicious, essentially amounting to a unique Manhattan-type cocktail with the distinct taste of scotch that was cut nicely by the other ingredients. Like Ron Burgendy’s opinion of San Diego, I felt that this drink went down smooth, but not too smooth. The cocktail had the perfect amount of burn to prevent me from wanting to consume its deliciousness as quickly as possible, it was also delicious (and expensive) enough that I stuck to water for the rest of the night!
Wine Prices: The Brazilian Steakhouse’s wine menu (available online here) includes many options of champagne, white, and red wines in both half bottles and full bottles. Full bottle prices start at $30.
Beer Prices: Eight imported and twelve domestic beers are available according to their menu; we’re not sure if they’re bottled or tap, and no prices were listed either.
Other: The Brazilian Steakhouse has a mixed cocktail menu with eight drinks on it. Along with the two above, there is a Passiontini (which Valerie’s mom enjoyed immensely), a Tequila Turbo, and Italian Apple Martini. Their mixed drinks run for $11 to $15 and the full menu is available online, here.