Rodizio restaurants (all you can eat style Brazilian restaurants, churrascaria referring to a steakhouse) can be fairly expansive, especially when you go for dinner, so, Restaurant Week is the perfect occasion to indulge with unlimited meat (if you are vegetarian, you can also go for the buffet). But, of course, they will not serve all the choices they offer for dinner, conscious of the price difference.
It has been a while since I went to Churrascaria Plataforma, preferring the one that was located in Tribeca but unfortunately closed. It is a big place, but the decor has nothing extraordinary, contrary to Fogo De Chao that is few blocks from there.
For Restaurant Week, Churrascaria Plataforma offers a menu that includes the buffet, some meat and desserts (glad they offer three different and not just one). I went with my colleagues and they all rushed to the buffet, probably more health conscious than me, especially as I went for the cheese and bacon, without forgetting anchovies...Look, I came for the meat, not the salad bar and I know the tactic of these restaurants who hope people will indulge with the buffet, the bread and the sides, so they would eat less meat!
As we were eating, they brought us some Pao De Queijo (aka Brazilian Cheese Puffs or cheese bread, made with tapioca flour), that were very tempting and I admit that I could not resist.
Then came the meat. If you have never been to a rodizio restaurant, know that you have a disk on the table with two colors: green means that they can bring you meat and red means you do not want it anymore.
Well, as soon as we put our disks on the green side, we started seeing coming lots of meat, to the point that we had to turn it to red. The way they bring the meat is on a skewer and they will slice it, depending sometimes on the temperature you want (in fact, I ended up with blood on my white shirt at some point, at the moment the waiter pulled back with his knife...).
At first, they brought us chicken and pork sausage. They were good, especially the sausage, but I was more looking for the prime meats...
Then came the top sirloin and the top round steak:
The turkey with bacon photo did not make it and I did not regret as it was my least favorite, being a little dry. However, the Plataforma steak was fantastic: tender, juicy and tasty.
Concerning the sides, we got mashed potatoes, fried plantains and fried polenta.
Last was dessert and I went for the flan that was another highlight of the meal, being dense thanks to the condensed milk they use and not too sweet, I could have eaten few of them.
It was a good meal for Restaurant Week at Churrascaria Plataforma, but I have to say that I prefer Fogo De Chao that serves better meat and has a better buffet for lunch.
Enjoy (I did)!
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