Costelao Gaucho is a Brazilian rodizio located in Lisbon. A rodizio is basically an all-out meat fest, as different cuts of meat are brought out to your table on long skewers and cut table side. Most rodizio’s that I have been to have had at least 12 different offerings.
In addition to the various meats, a salad bar is offered.
There was an egg and potato salad, carrots and broccoli.
There were roasted fingerling potatoes, a cucumber and tomato salad, sliced tomatoes, a red cabbage salad, and another type of salad.
Corn, mushroom, a pasta salad, and two other types of salad were also on offer.
There were different types of olives, roasted beets, and more salads to choose from.
There were different fried foods on offer, including yucca. There was grilled zucchini.
There were different types of salami and cheese.
Normally, rodizio’s offer little cheese balls, where the cheese is baked into the bread. Here, they served something that looked like cheese toast.
Normally, most rodizio’s also offer several hot dishes to choose from in addition to the meat, but that was not the case here.
A side of rice and black beans is served at your table.
We got there shortly after they opened for dinner service, so the meat was on the medium rare-rare side. As they put the skewers back on the fire, the meat became more thoroughly cooked, although you are usually able to tell the server the doneness of the meat you prefer.
The thing that a lot of people rave about Costelao Gaucho is the grilled pineapple. It is sprinkled with cinnamon. Grilling it sort of dries it out, and makes the flavor more intense. The cinnamon adds a nice touch.
Dinner was under $20 per person, which I thought was a great deal. Eating at the Fogo de Chao in Beverly Hills is now $62, so you can see how affordable Lisbon is.