Brasa is a Brazilian Steakhouse in Brier Creek. I don’t know how authentic it is, but it was much like the other rodizio grill we’ve been to before, Chamas Churrascaria. They’ve got the hot and cold buffet, and the meats come out on huge swords.
The pricing is pretty steep. For just the dinner buffet (no meat) the price is $27. For the buffet and meats, the price is $37. And for the buffet, meats and a lobster tail, you can get up to $55. I suppose someone might say that unlimited meat for $37 is a great deal, but I find it very challenging to eat $37 worth of meat. And I wouldn’t advise coming at all if you’re a vegetarian, since $27 would be a high price to pay for a buffet that’s really not aiming to be a complete meal.
My husband and I both ordered the “Gold” dinner for $37. We were instructed to help ourselves to the buffet, and turn over our stone to the green side once we were ready to start on the meat. I looked over the buffet and it was really quite impressive. The cold dishes were really beautifully arranged, and everything looked delicious. I didn’t want to fill myself up on salad at a Brazilian steakhouse though, so I limited myself to just a few things. The shrimp croquette was fantastic, and this is coming from someone who normally doesn’t even eat shrimp. The balsamic mushrooms were okay, but probably would have been better as a compliment to meat and not on their own. The potatoes were good but the onion chunks were too much. And the sweet potatoes with maple syrup, walnuts and raisins was delicious, but too much like a dessert for this time in the meal. I should have had it after the meats.
I turned my stone to green and the swords with meats started to get paraded out. I passed on the chicken ones, I’m not a big chicken fan. I also requested that my meats should be medium-rare, and the server did his best to accommodate my request. My husband ordered medium-well and we both were usually able to get a decent sampling out of each swordful of meat. Some of the meats, like the lamb and the ribs, were a bit dry for my taste, but the majority were very, very good. I especially loved the filet mignon, I think it was the most perfectly cooked filet mignon I’ve ever had.
I had to pass on the last few swordfuls; I got too full to try all the meats. Then at the end they bring out a pineapple on a sword to help aid with digestion. I also got a couple of chocolate covered strawberries and some of the coconut-covered fruit salad from the cold buffet to finish off the meal.
I loved the decor of the restaurant, inside and out. It really made a nice, pleasant atmosphere for enjoying the experience. But the price is pretty steep, and I think that this kind of gluttony should only be allowed about once a year or so. I was so full after all that, and I stayed full for hours and hours. I think I probably ate more food that evening than a third world village eats in a week. I think it’s a nice special occasion restaurant, maybe for birthdays or celebrations where you can let yourself go.