In the run up to Rio 2014 and Rio 2016, I assume that we will make it our business to become more acquainted with all aspects of Brazilian culture.
In that spirit, I thought I’d extend my Glaswegian Brazilian knowledge by visiting my second churrascaria restaurant. I was joined on this South American odyssey by first-time quester, Robbie.
This place, Viva Brazil, runs on similar principles to Tropeiro. It charges a flat rate, for which you get free rein access to their meats and salad bar.
Now “salad bar” doesn’t really adequately describe the array of joy on offer. It encompasses enough dishes to easily satisfy your dining needs, without the addition of mountains of skewer-cooked meat. Indeed you can choose to dine solely from this bar, for around half the cost of including the meat fest.
Particular highlight were the fish, the stroganoff, the chicken, and the aubergine fritters. Having said that the beetroot and red cabbage were pretty good, too.
As for the meat, there was a steady stream of meaty goodness. If there was a fault to identify, it was that these meats tended towards the highly seasoned, but in the case of the exquisitely juicy beef rump, or the regularly appearing lamb shoulder, this only enhanced the excellent flavour party.
There were very few misses in amongst all of the elements. Where I was generally pleased with Tropeiro, this place hit more high notes, in terms of the food. I think Tropeiro definitely has the edge in terms of service, and I vastly preferred its decor. This place is bright and brash, where Tropeiro offers something a little more elegant.
So, based on my two Glasgow experiences, I’d be pleased to recommend the churrascaria experience, particularly to those who haven’t sampled it. It offers an excellent array of things to try. Their skewer cooked meat, focussing on accurately cooked, cheaper cuts, is tasty and succulent, and the supplementary dishes are a feast in themselves. I think Viva Brazil has slightly better food on offer, but I think I prefer Tropeiro as a venue.
Whatever the case, we’d all better get used to the Brazilian cultural upsurge, of which their food is just one strand, as we head towards major sporting events in their country, in the coming years.
Blythe scores Vive Brazil
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 13/20
Today’s questers were: Robbie, Blythe
We ate: meat, various accoutrements
We drank: Sagres
We wore: no tie; pink shirt
Total bill: £56