Escobar’s, MetroCentre

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A trip to Brazil has left me with a taste for South American cooking and as Escobar’s markets itself as the only rodizio bar and grill in the region, it was the obvious port of call.

A rodizo restaurant is basically a buffet without the effort of standing up, as waiters dispense unlimited juicy cuts of beef, pork, chicken and lamb at your table.

Each diner at Escobar’s is given a token, with a green side to flash when you want filling up and red for when you’re finally full, or just taking a break.

However, you do have to rise out of your seat if you want to sample the wide range of salads, soups, rice, breads and cheeses on offer on a central island in the restaurant.

We picked lightly at the salad, which was fresh and crispy, as I knew what was coming – meat and lots of it.

We were also presented with a basket of thin, crispy chips to start the meal – delicious, but the best was to follow.

Definitely not one for the vegetarians, the waiters carry round skewers packed with meat, including chicken, beef and gammon.

Flash the green side of your token and they’ll carve off a slice or two, explaining what it is if needs be.

There was also the option of small sausages and black pudding, which I love.

We tried everything once, for research purposes, then returned to the sausages, which had a spicy kick and the chicken, which was smothered in a hot, tasty sauce.

The waiters – or gaucho chefs – were happy to talk us through what was on offer and there was a regular flow of meat available, as well as toasted pineapple, which was a refreshing change between protein-laden platefuls.

Escobar’s is based in the MetroCentre’s new Qube leisure zone. Packed with places to eat and a huge cinema, it’s always busy, but we managed to get a table on a relatively quiet mid-week evening.

Our meal for two, with soft drinks, came to a not-so-meaty £33.35.

Jane O’Neil

Twitter: @janethejourno