Sunday, April 11, 2010
I feel like a carnivore: our feast at Tucanos Brazilian Grill
On our honeymoon, and kind of in honor of my birthday, we had a late lunch at Tucanos Brazilian Grill in Provo (there are also locations in Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, and Boise). I say in honor of my birthday because as of recently, I am a member of Club Tucanos, which means they send me a birthday card and I have my entire birthday month to go and have a free meal (with purchase of a meal of equal value).
To be frank (which is weird, 'cause really, I'm Lisa), I love Tucanos. Thomas took me there last September, and it's quite an experience.
The restaurant itself is fairly big and has really high ceilings so it seems very open. Both times I've been there, we've been seated in this room sort of to the side, with many windows.
The waitstaff is attentive. They tell you about their Brazilian lemonades - and so far I haven't been able to turn those down! They have various fruit flavors; I like the guava.
Then they explain how the restaurant works: servers come around with meat. There is a little wooden cylinder (about the size of a toilet paper tube) on every table, divided into three sections. The end sections are red and green, and the center is yellow. When the green end is up, the servers will stop at your table and give you some meat. When the red end is up, they won't. Apparently, when it's on its side, they'll bring you the bill.
We began at the salad bar - which has the biggest selection of tasty delicacies I've seen in a salad bar. There's green salad, there's pasta salad, there's fruit salad, there are quail eggs, there's sushi, there's soup, there's rice, there are rolls, .... and so on. It's tempting - and it would be easy - to fill up on what's there!!
Needless to say, we both filled up on a lot of meat and other good stuff. We were even too full for dessert (last time, though, we tried the Torre Chocolate - a large slice of a multi-layered chocolate cake. Oh man. That was so good. We ended up bringing most of it home).
Anyway, it's a place we highly recommend. Be prepared to pay a pretty penny if you want to try it out at dinnertime. And do come hungry. Really.