Fogo De Chao – Brazilian Steakhouse

200 Dartmouth St. Boston, MA 02116

www.fogo.com (617) 585.6300

*On the corner or Huntington Ave and Dartmouth St next to the entrance of the Copley Mall

Seth & Ren, +4 guests

  • –Drinks–
  • Pineapple Mint Caipirinha
  • Strawberry Caipirinha20130126_213029
  • Passion Caipirinha
  • Guarana
  • Bottle of Luigi Bosca Res Malbec
  • –Plates–
  • We didn’t order plates. Just six dinners of unlimited food!
  • –Desserts–
  • Fogo de Chão Signature Papaya Cream
  • South American Flan
  • Crème Brule
  • Turtle Cheesecake
  • Molten Chocolate Cake
  • $393.21 w/tax ($81.25 in Drinks)

Price/Person for all-you-can-eat: $46.50

Seth: We’ve been meaning to get to a Brazilian Steakhouse for a while so we decided this was a good a time as any. This place had opened not too long ago and had some good reviews behind it. We arrived early but were sat about 45 minutes late. I’ll always hold my peace but for some reason got a little fired up this time. I spoke to the hostess, who had me speak to the manager. He was more than accommodating, sitting us personally and making sure we were attended to. We started out with the salad bar and a nice bottle of wine. I didn’t want to fill up too much before the unlimited cuts of meat came, so I picked sparingly little at the bowl of bacon (!) and cheeses. When we sat we were explained that 20130126_221928the little round card next to each of us indicated whether we wanted more or not. One side was red, and the other green. When you had it flipped to green, a waiter with some sort of new cut of roasted meat was there every other minute cutting off a fresh piece right from the skewer. I tried the filet mignon, top sirloin, rib-eye, beef ribs, lamb chop, pork ribs and the cured pork sausage. Some of them were absolutely divine  others a little over cooked or under seasoned.  I learned to turn down stuff quick and pick just what I was interested in. After eating what must have been far more than I possible should have the manager didn’t skip a beat and returned with 5 desserts for the table. I really liked the flan and the papaya cream. I walked out of there a little heavier than I went in but enjoyed myself. I’d like to compare this to another Brazilian Steakhouse sometime. My favorite thing: The pork ribs and the huge bowl of bacon!

Ren: A recent desire for large amounts of steak lead us to the choose a Brazilian steakhouse for this weeks blog. Due to it being a Saturday, and us towing along a fairly large group, we had to set the reservation for 9:30. We got there a few minutes early and two of us decided to have a Caipirinha while we waited. Only it was more than a few minutes until we were seated. In fact it was almost 10:15 when we were finally shown to our seat. The manager apologized profusely saying there were several large parties that sat longer than predicted. We commenced the meal with a delicious bottle of Malbec and a trip to their salad bar. I snagged a few pieces of charcuterie, smoked salmon, fogo salad barasparagus, mozzarella balls, and bread. The charcuterie was the best part of my choices and everything else was average, though it was hard to fully appreciate because at that time the passing of the meat had commenced. It was an onslaught of beefy proportions!  A little overwhelming and exciting at the same time. The meat was decent. Some of it excellently cooked such as the top loin and the lamb, yet overall I was slightly disappointed by the flavor. After eating more than our stomachs could handle we finally ceased the onslaught and took a deep breath. Just when we thought it was all over they delivered one of each of their desserts to our table as a way to apologize for getting us to our table late. This was very appreciated. I especially enjoyed the wonderful flan but all of the desserts were fairly delicious. I’m not sure I will be making a return visit here but I do suggest it to anyone who has a large appetite and a hankering for a ton of beef.  My favorite thing: The flan and the endless choices

Food: Seth 7.5 Ren 6 Food Average: 6.75 Tasty grilled meats and a pretty decent salad bar. Perhaps what it lacks in above average quality it makes up in quantity.

Service: Seth 8 Ren 8 Though we were sat 45 minutes after our reservation, (I did make a little stink to the hostess) the manager made every attempt to make up for it. Sat us personally, had extra waiter attention our way, then gave us 5 complimentary desserts!

Decor/Atmosphere: Seth 7.5 Ren 6.5 A neat floral arrangement above the salad bar and some Brazilian type artwork on the walls, but not terribly much flair.

Total Average: 7.250 A slow start and a stronger finish. A whole lot of good food but a little pricey for the quality. I think I wanna go check out the Brazilian place in Eastie.

One bad thing: Missing our reservation

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Teranga – South End Senegalese

1746 Washington St. Boston, MA 02118

www.terangaboston.com (617) 266.0003

*In the South End, on the corner of Washington St and Massachusetts Ave

Seth & Ren, +4 guests

  • –Drinks–
  • Bouye juice
  • Tusker x4 (Kenyan beer)
  • Grimbergen Double x2 (Belgian beer)
  • Steinlager classic x2 (New Zealand beer)
  • –Plates–
  • Croquettes de poisson (Pan fried fish cake served w/ cilantro and garlic sauce)
  • Nems (Spring rolls stuffed w/ chopped chicken, ground beef, rice vermicelli, grated carrots, scallions, and dried mushrooms served w/ nuoc mam dressing)
  • Brochettes de Crevettes (Marinated grilled shrimp on skewers w/ sriracha sauce!)
  • Michoui (Marinated roasted lamb shank w/ caramelized onion sauce and Moroccan couscous)
  • Coquelet Braisé (Citrus & garlic marinated grilled Cornish hen served w/ vermicelli)
  • Dibi (Grilled marinated lamb shoulder chops w/ a pickled-onion and mustard sauce served with sweet potato fries)
  • Brochettes (Grilled skewered cubes of filet mignon served w/ yucca fries and homemade honey-mustard sauce)
  • Thiébou Yap (Seasoned lamb cubes cooked w/ mixed vegetables and served w/ broken jasmine rice)
  • Yassa Guinaar (Marinated grilled chicken cooked in a lemon and caramelized onion sauce and served w/ jasmine rice)
  • Side of Plantains
  • –Dessert–
  • Beignets Dougoup (Crispy fried millet donut mixed with vanilla bean and orange flower water served w/ crème anglaise sauce)
  • $188.50 w/tax ($47 in Drinks)

Average Price/Person: $20-30 w/ Drinks: $30-45

Seth: Always trying to keep with a rotating variety of cuisines, we made our way to the South End again. This time for something we hadn’t done yet: Senegalese food. I arrived after the rest of our party had already sat; a little late from class. I ordered a drink and dived into the menu. Ren had suggestions on appetizers and I thought they all looked great. With 6 of us there tonight we decided on 3 different ones and each got a small bite. Everything was impressive so far and I was looking forward to my lamb. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m always a little nervous on the lamb because it can so easily be overcooked. I was able to request it medium-rare which I was excited about. My Dibi (see above receipt) arrived cooked perfectly!! So excited. The sweet potato fries that came with were good as was the delicious dipping sauce. I grabbed bites of everyone else’s dishes and wasn’t disappointed anywhere. Mike’s Thiébou Yap had an excellent sauce to it and Makeda’s Cornish Hen was cooked just right. The whole table had that excited vibe to it as we all demolished everything on our plates. I’m pretty sure there was a scrap of food remaining on anyone’s plate. Given it was a late dinner and we were all hungry, but that was a good meal. Nothing of real note on the dessert. My favorite thing: My perfect lamb chop

Ren: A longing for exotic and new tastes brought us to Teranga a traditional Senegalese restaurant owned by a former Chopped contestant. We started the evening off with
croquettes de poisson: fish cakes, Nems: spring rolls, and Brochettes de Crevettes: shrimp skewers. Every single bite delighted my senses and left me wanting for more: a shame I had to share with five other people. I washed the appetizers down with a delightfully refreshing Kenyan beer called a Tusker while I longingly awaited my entrée. After a wait my Michoui and Moroccan couscous arrived. As it was placed on the table my eyes widened and stomach growled. It was one of the most beautiful looking dishes I’ve seen in a while and also one of the tastiest. The lamb literally melted in my mouth and the couscous was perfectly cooked and perfectly paired. I am seriously coming back for seconds of this dish! Everyone else’s dish was also incredibly delightful, rich, and full of flavor. I absolutely loved the array of delicious sauces that came with the meals. I washed dinner down with a refreshing Steinlager beer from New Zealand. We then decided to finish the meal with a variation on the beignets which I’ll have to say while not bad were probably the least exciting part of the night. All in all I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone; in fact I would insist on a visit. My favorite thing: the jaw dropping delicious lamb shank.

Food: Seth 8.5 Ren 9 Food Ave: 8.75 *Certified Dericious* Original, fabulous and delicious African food. You must come and try this place soon.

Decor/Atmosphere: Seth 8 Ren 7.5 A cute little place with a good vibe. We went on a week night and we stayed late, ending up the last ones out of the place by ten

Service: Seth 7 Ren 7 The service started well with good recommendations and attitude. The a few slip ups were noticed with missed orders and such. The end was a little rough with splitting up our order (we did mention this in the beginning of the meal) and paying. My bill was actually switched with Ren’s and we had to work it out on our own

Total Average: 7.833 Excellent food and cute place. A good date spot. Had the service been consistent this would have been a contender for our top 5

One bad thing: Perhaps the few missteps with the service