4483 Southside Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida 32216
I was fortunate woman and scored a seat at the soft opening, blogger, media event for the newest entry in this towns struggle to bring a high-end Brazilian Steakhouse experience to eager diners. When I think Brazilian Steakhouse immediately it’s Fogo de Chao. or Texas de Brazil both excellent examples of what the experience should be. I am happy to share with the reader that I believe Terra Gaucha will be the restaurant that will give the avid meat-eater every thing they are looking for and more. At first look, the interior of the dining space, is welcoming to the diner, crisp white cloths on each table, and perfectly service settings. the small bar for drinks if one needs to wait for a table, the host desk, where diners are welcomed and checked in. Also upon entry, a large wine room is visible and inviting. So first impression was a big plus.
We were quickly seated, and greeted by our server, he explained fully how service works for those who have never experienced a Brazilian Steak house before, drink orders were taken and we went to look at the salad bar. The concept is quite easy, small medallions are at each plate, one side green, the other red, if the green side is up the “gauchos” will continue to offer the various cuts of meat, chicken, or sausage that are served directly from the spits. Red side up no meat will be offered. The gauchos, rove around to each table, to insure diners are not without food. You can ask for the meat to be served to your liking rare, med etc. When the time comes for meat service each diner has a small tong, the meat is cut, the diner uses the tong to accept the meat and place it on their plate.
The salad bar has 20 plus items to choose from and those who are non meat eaters will have many options to choose from. As well as the salad bar, there are several hot items available, rice, potatoes and black beans. Lets indulge in the meat: Top Sirloin, Bottom Sirloin, Rib Eye, Beef Tenderloin, Leg of Lamb, Pork Ribs, Lombo De Porco Com Parmesao, Pork Sausage, Chicken, Bacon wrapped Filet Mignon, Garlic Picanha. All of the listed are presented buy the gauchos until you are completely sated.
After we exhausted our meat craving we tested out the desert, a marvelous flan and some beautiful cream custard.
The last bit of info I will share about Brazilian Steak house pricing. All the meat, salad bar and hot items that are on display are one price. Drinks, any additional special menu items and desserts are at an additional cost.
The group vote was unanimous, this we one of the smoothest, well rehearsed soft opening any of us had ever attended. Staff was ready, the food was perfect it was a glimpse of what will be when they are up and running at full speed. We also agreed this is the restaurant that everyone who enjoys fine dining, excellent quality meat, and a well stocked salad bar and flawless service, will make it a go to place. Don’t miss it…….
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