689 Denman Street, Vancouver
Advice: Green card up for servers to serve you Rodizio meat, Red card up for no service. Take a long a couple or more friends rather than going solo.
Rodizio is a style of restaurant service in Brazilian restaurants and at Rio, they offer a similar authentic experience. You pay a fixed price and the servers come to the table with knives and a skewer, with various kinds of meat, at several times throughout the meal, until the customers signify that they have had enough. Rotisserie meats carved table side by friendly servers creating an unforgettable dining experience.
Included in the price is an all you can eat Salad Bar that is full of healthy salads as well as smoked salmon, seafood, asparagus and much more. There is also a hot bar station that features 5 hot entrees on weekends (about 3 weekdays). While I was enjoying the salads as well as the delicious meat loaf in a spicy stew-like tomato sauce from the hot bar, I was served 3 baskets to the table of complimentary Brazillian cheese bread, fried bananas and potato chips.
I then placed the card green side up and tried the chicken, Strip Loin Beef, Beef Ribs, Skirt Steak, Filet Mignon wrapped in bacon, and Lamb which were very good.
I then heard a unique sounding bell, which signified the cart service where a server wheels a cart to your table featuring a special meat selection, this time it was the Beef Ribs so tasty and tender.
One of the servers brought over another unique dish, it was a roasted Pineapple which was dressed in cinnamon and then roasted, having a few slices was refreshing palate cleanser after all the meat. The price is quite reasonable for such a variety of dishes that includes the salad bar, hot bar, as well as the high quality meats, it is ($29.95 weekdays) and ($31.95 weekends) per person.
Dessert is extra and each of the desserts are $6 each, I tried two of them, my favourite of the two was the Brazilian Pudding followed by the Cream of Papaya. They have beer, wine and cocktails, I suggest that you ask them for one of their Brazilian cocktails to round out the amazing dining experience. I am looking forward to a return visit for some more of Chef Felipe’s mothers meatloaf along with the beef ribs and skirt steak!
Review By: Richard Wolak