Rodizio Rico | Brazilian | The Cube, Birmingham
Located in fabulous canalside complex The Cube, Rodizio Rico serves up a true Brazilian flavour in food, fun and atmosphere.
[by David King]
Lovely views of the canal and rustic decor make for a relaxing, laidback atmosphere. There are red and green sided cards on the table. Green means you want meat brought to your table, while red means you’re good, for now. The card signals make dinner here a fun and unique experience.
It’s a hot and cold ‘all-you-can-eat’ buffet but there is nothing tacky about it, with dishes such as feijioada (stew of beans and pork) eggplant, prawns, cheese board, cous cous and salads. Delicious warm garlic bread was brought on skewers but the main event was the meat.
Passadors (meat carvers) come to the tables, slicing meat onto your plates. There was rump side steak, beef ribs, chicken, lamb and even chicken hearts. I especially loved the chicken sausage. Luckily my vegetarian wife was not ignored, she was very satisfied with the vegetarian skewers.
For dessert I opted for brigadeirao – rich chocolate mouse as recommended by our waiter. The flavours proved to be rich indeed!
A great wine list list with the wines listed by country. We chose the gorgeous pinot grigio blush di venezie. And of course, as befits a Brazilian restaurant, there are cocktails galore. Naturally we opted for caipirinhas, which were very strong!
The price for the buffet is £23. I feel it would be more fair if dessert were included in this. Service: Initially the waiters came over just a little too often to offer us the meats - even when we showed red cards - but I guess they were very keen to do their job! I definitely plan to go back, and next time I’ll make sure I haven’t eaten all day. Fun experience.
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