Curitiba’s “third best” steak house

November 15, 2016

Carlos and Eliane had quite a discussion in the car about which churrascaria (Brazilian steak house) was best.  They had given us an option of different kinds of restaurants, but Dale was interested in trying out a typical Brazilian churrascaria in Curitiba.

They settled on the “third best” one in town – Batel Grill.

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Arriving there with Dona Lais at 1:45, we were told we’d have a 30-40 minute wait.  This was fine, even expected.  There was a bar and lobby full of people.

Like at Madalosso, there were complimentary mini batidas to sample in small plastic cups, as well as appetizers:  polenta sticks, mini meat pies (pastéis de carne) and French fries.  I had a batida de côco and another of maracujá. I ate a few polenta sticks but didn’t want to eat too much now, knowing how much food we’d be offered.

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Dale in the bar with his empty batida cup

After we were finally seated, we got plates and went to the buffet.  I tried to put just a little of various different salads and things, but my plate was completely full when I returned to our table.

my plate of food! Is it a wonder I couldn't eat it all plus the meat?
My plate of food from the buffet!

To drink, someone ordered water and Dale and I ordered caipirinhas – actually mine was a caipiroska!  Waiters arrived with long spits of meat and carving knives.  I refused the first few because I didn’t have any room on my plate, but eventually I shoved food aside to make room for small pieces of meat.  Besides meat offerings, there were also pastas, pastéis and other kinds of food.

If you have ever been to a Brazilian steak house, you will know that the waiters show up with meat and long knives every few minutes, one after the other!

I ate very slowly and eventually couldn’t eat any more.  I think just the amount of food was overwhelming. I let them take my plate away, still ¼ full, including a piece of palmito (hearts of palm), which I love!

Dessert? Forget it!

 

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