San Jose has a Brazilian steak house experience at 72 South First Street that everyone should taste in their lifetime at least once; especially for making special occasions more special.
If you never had this “Brazilian experience”, it helps immensely to have a daughter that experienced the pleasure while in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Be prepared for a treat because the experience is as lovely as the outstanding food and service at Maceio’s.
It helps to be celebrating something, but walking in the casual ambience and high backed booths causes you to think nobody else was there, very quiet and quite delightful. The group was immediately seated par to dinner reservations and it was “on”.
The waiter gave us instructions to create a unique anticipation of how things would work and directed the group to an open salad bar. It was filled with all the items necessary to building an impressive display; all you can eat but don’t overdo…you will be sorry.
One interesting item the waiter explained was a little wooden piece that was painted green on one end and red on the other; green on the top means to “keep bringing it” and turning it over to display red means “hold your horses” we are trying to catch up.
It seemed humorous because never has it ever been necessary to tell a restaurant to quit bringing food; that streak was going to end in a hurry later on.
And bring it they did….wonderful displays of variously seasoned meats that would do justice to a king’s banquet, beef, chicken, turkey and pork presentations that were sliced right in front of you for your enjoyment. We flipped that little wooden critter multiple times during the evening as we “struggled” to keep up…laughing in the process. It was fun and a challenge.
“How many is that?” was the question eventually. “Eleven” was the reply, “I think.” More giggles.
The entire rotation was finally completed and the waiter smiled and asked, “Would you like to go through it again?”
One obviously did not need to, however this writer opted to have the medallions of beef, turkey and one sirloin roast that we overlooked. The turkey was magnificent, the sirloin tender, and the medallions just melted in your mouth.
At 8:41 PM PST, Friday, March 18th 2011, the white flag was raised in a mass surrender, after desert of course. The little wooden red top was permanently placed. The hour and 45 minute delight came to a successful conclusion.
It is pricy but well worth the experience, particularly if you have a daughter that springs for the evening on your birthday. This is a promise, you will NOT leave there asking, “Where’s the beef?”