2nd April 2018 7.30pm
If you are a true carnivore, Fazenda will be right up your street. Easily found on George Street, Fazenda offers a set price for an all you can eat experience but somehow manages to avoid the garishness that is usually associated with these types of places. It is distinctively trying to pitch to the higher end of the market and I think to some success. You pay more for evening sittings but you also get a bigger range of meats to try.
There is a gourmet sides bar which you can go up to and select whatever you want. It’s self-service and has all sorts of food, from salads to cheeses, to sushi and stews. These all taste pretty good and staff keep an eye on it to make sure it’s in tip top condition at all times. We made the classic mistake of getting too excited with self-service and piled too much on, so take my advice – go slow and steady. With the meats, it’s a whole other world of fun. Each person has a small disc, a bit like a drinks mat, which is red on one side and green on the other. When you are ready for meat, turn it to green. The staff who are bringing out the meats from the kitchen do a loop of the restaurant to see who has a green card and offer whichever meat they have. You have a little set of tongs which you use to grab the meat as they carve. Need a breather? Just turn your card back to red. You can do this for as long as you like (but preferably stop before you get to exploding point!).
There was such a variety of meat, from different cuts of beef, chicken in bacon, pork belly, sausages etc. There should be something for everyone (or everything for everyone in our case). We particularly liked a salted beef and a garlic beef, the fillet was lush as was the pork belly. Let’s face it – it was all gorgeous. Additionally, a server came round the restaurant with a fresh basket of chips and padron peppers which were also sublime.
We were way too stuffed for dessert but they do, somewhat optimistically, offer some. Fazenda also cater for vegetarians and vegans, which is a credit, but I think there is a high chance they won’t want to see the meat being paraded around, particularly if they are in the latter category.
We loved our experience at Fazenda and are currently trying to find when we can next slot in a visit.
Food – 9/10
Service – 10/10
Value – 8/10 (although if you plan it right it could be 10/10).
Would I eat here again? Most definitely. It was a fab experience
Cost £86 for two set meals, two glasses of wine and a margarita.