I think it’s fair to say that Hong Kong likes to eat. Make it an all-you-can-eat deal and we’re all over it. I find it quite surprising, therefore, that there has never been a Brazilian ‘churrascaria’ on the island. Until now. The ever-expanding restaurant group Dining Concepts has brought us Braza, a true meat-lover’s paradise.
The concept of a churrascaria basically involves a huge barbecue and a wide selection of meat, cooked on long skewers and carved at your table. Each table has a double-sided coaster-like disc, which they can turn to green to keep the meat coming, or red if they need a temporary respite from the meat-overload, or to say they are finally defeated.
Braza offers the same concept for both lunch and dinner, with a somewhat smaller selection available for lunch. Despite the initial disappointment that you can’t get all 15 types of meat at lunch, when you get up from your table and immediately want to sit back down again and go to sleep, you’ll realise this is a good thing.
The set menu begins with unlimited visits to the salad buffet. As with all buffets, the trick here is to be tactical: don’t fill up on unnecessary rabbit food. There’s quite a decent selection of veggies, cold cuts, and cheese available, but trust me when I tell you to hold back on the salads.
Save a little room for some traditional Brazilian feijoada (from the other side of the salad buffet), a hearty dish made with beans and pork, served with garlic rice and farofa.
For lunch, as I mentioned, only three or four types of meat are offered, which you can feast on until you literally couldn’t possibly have any more. Our selection included chicken legs, chorizo and picanha, the signature Brazilian cut of beef.
Starting with the chicken legs, I initially had fairly low expectations since I figured this wasn’t really a signature dish. The chicken, however, had a lovely flavour, and was satisfyingly juicy.
I was very impressed with the chorizo, which was not dry in the slightest and carried that beautiful paprika-rich flavour the South Americans do so well. I stupidly turned down a second helping and then when I realised I did want some more, they had stopped serving lunch!
Last but not least, the picanha was beautifully cooked to a nice medium-rare. This cut of beef comes from the backside of the cow, near the rump. It therefore has a thick fatty layer above the juicy meat, which almost (but not quite) melts into the meat itself. We definitely had seconds of this.
I couldn’t resist finding out what a brigadeiro involved, despite the meat coma to which I was already succumbing. These were basically rich, dreamy balls of chocolate truffle, served alongside caramelised baby bananas. I couldn’t manage more than half of it, but it was worth the final descent into the inevitable food coma.
An all-you-can-eat Brazilian feast at Braza will cost you $178 for lunch, or $388 for dinner (both exclusive of drinks and dessert). If you go hungry and take full advantage, this is definitely a steal for the amount of food you get. It’s a simple concept that works well, provided you like your meat. Just remember what I said about rabbit food…
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15 Lan Kwai Fong
Tel: +852 2890 9268