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Brazzille

March 24th, 2007


A new restaurant opened up late last year at 91 Hollis Street where Stage One (and the late “Mr. G’s”) used to be.
I gave Ethan a night off and took my friend Phil to try this place.  I’ve never had Brazilian food before.  I thought of trying this place because I was so impressed with the renovation of the space and how they cleaned up the outside alone made it very inviting to me so I thought I’d give it a try.  Inside is nicely decorated with bright, modern colors and tiles.

We were greeted by a Brazilian hostess and then when we sat down, one of the co-owners who is American asked us if we’ve ever been there before.  We said no and he explained how the menu works, you can either order from the menu or get the buffet and explained that meats were available cut-to-order at the buffet as well.
We were feeling like variety would be good so we both got the buffet.

The first part of the buffet offered cold and salad items, the second half was hot dishes including black bean stew, corn meal cakes (that were basically like polenta), okra, stuffing, fried cauliflower and more.
Then at the very end was a carver that cheerfully asked what we’d like from the rotisserie.
In addition to the fried cauliflower, cornmeal, black bean stew and stuffing, I got some (short) beef ribs, some sort of roast beef and chicken wrapped in bacon.

Phil got some different pork selections and requested chicken hearts.  Phil is more adventurous than I am but he said they were great.  They actually didn’t have any on the rotisserie but put some on just for him.

The co-owner came over again to check on us and asked if we had any problem with translation with the carver.  There were a couple of times I squinted and tried to piece together what I was just offered but Phil is good with figuring out broken English. Although, I’ve been known to not even be able understand Australians who are talking to me so I think I’m just accent impaired anyway.  The friendliness of the staff made up for any fear of not understanding but also it was nice to have the owner there caring about any translation problems.
For dessert we split some sort of chocolate/caramel thing that was so rich, even though it was a little bigger than a golf ball we both couldn’t finish it. 

The co-owner came over again during our dessert and we had a nice chat about downtown and how we hope it will move in a more fun direction.

The dinner buffet at $17.95 isn’t cheap but it is all you can eat and that includes meats as well. 

4 Comments »

  1. I love Brazilian food. If you’re ever in NYC and have $65pp to spend on a great meal, you must go to Churrascaria Plataforma. Expensive, yes, but it is a meat lovers paradise. It’s prix fixe and meat is carved from the rotisserie right at your table. It is truly a spectacular dining experience, and one that left me full for about three days! http://www.churrascariaplataforma.com/

    Comment by scott March 29, 2007 @ 11:02 am

  2. With all of the local Brazilian places to eat around here, which ones are recommended as tasty and the best to try?

    Comment by Jeff April 3, 2007 @ 9:44 pm

  3. We tried this place out on Saturday with my folks and kids, and we all enjoyed it immensely.
    I’ve always been a fan of Terra Brasilis for its casual atmosphere and consistently decent food (and the fact that you can bring your own wine!), but Brazzille is definitely a cut above the usual cafeteria style churrascaria, and feels a lot like a moderatley upscale restaurant you’d find in Inman or Central Square. Not only that, but the service was excellent and attentive; the place clean, airy and attractive; and the food was fresh and varied.
    We opted to serve ourselves at the Rodizio and paid a whopping $13 an all-you-can-eat plate. If you want the luxury of having the meats brought to your table on large rotisserie skewers and carved onto your plate, that costs an additional 5-bucks. Any way you do it, the place is a real treat and bargain.
    We did order a bottle of the $12 Brazillian Shiraz and found it decent, but a little too redolent of petroleum and earthtones (not bad traits in themselves), and about 10-degrees too warm. Next time we’ll try the Braziliaan white, apparently of local grape varietals. Parking is abundant behind the restaurant in the public parking lot. Highly recommended.

    Comment by matt May 8, 2007 @ 3:40 am

  4. Terra Brasilis, that blue building near the police station, is the best for me, AND the food is like 40% off after 9pm!

    Comment by Hygor November 13, 2008 @ 12:10 am

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