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Rodizio Rico (Islington)

We had Sunday lunch in Rodizio Rico, a 'churrascaria de rodizio' or rotating barbecue, Brazilian place in Upper Street, Islington.Its a little expensive but, as its basically an eat-as-much-as-you-like deal, if you starve yourself for a day or two first its well worth it.The salad bar, which I mainly dodged, is easily the best I have ever seen. And surprising, too. There were a number of things that I thought (OK hoped) were potato croquets but turned out to be stuffed instead with 'interesting' things like aubergine or cous-cous. And there were chips which made Deniz's eyes light up. Kids under five eat free, by the way, which evened things up a bit financially.From asparagus wrapped in salmon to lasagne there was enough to make a nice meal from the salad bar on its own but then the meat started to arrive. It is brought to your table on great long skewers and carved onto your plate by jolly (but not in an irritating way) waiters. Sorry they aren't waiters they are passadors - meat carvers. There were twelve different meats including ham, lamb, pork loin, chilli beef and chicken - wings and hearts. It was all very tasty. The place itself is nice and big and done out pleasantly and the service is attentive and quick. One of the waitresses gabbled away at me in Portuguese for a bit before she caught herself on. How we laughed. Or at least she did. Good to see people enjoying their work.The puddings were those Brazilian favourites tiramisu and mousses but they were OK and lets be fair its the meat that counts here. To be honest it didn't really give the impression of being overly Brazilian but its a good place for a long, leisurely Sunday lunch.

Thursday, December 07, 2006
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 3


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