It’s snowing outside. The famous Canadian winter is finally making an appearance in this city. It’s white, snowy, windy…and all of the sudden, its sunny as I write. Memories of carnivals, delicious meats, warm smiles and rhythms are coming to mind. Brings me back to CopaCabana, not the beach area in Rio, but the Brazilian steakhouse right here in Toronto, on the Yonge & Eligible, I mean, Eglinton area.
Upon getting seated, we were invited to start our meal with an assortment of salads and accompaniments from the buffet-style salad bar.
The salad bar has a variety of salads (cold and hot) to choose from. Soup, paella, steamed rice and even pizza were also part of the buffet. Although I really enjoyed the assortment of this salad bar, I can’t really say there was a particular salad that stood out. However, as part of our meal, the salad bar was great and so was the selection. On a side note, my take on the salad bar is that restaurants use this as a tactic to get you full before the meats start rolling in. Makes sense, that is the most expensive part of the meal. Do I justify it? No. Is it upsetting? Not really, its really up to the person to control his or her portions and know that the best is yet to come…
And so it was! Grilled pineapple, in my mind, was one of the best things to pair our meal with. Pineapples wake up our taste buds so that we can enjoy the true taste and juiciness of the meats. In addition to its great nutritional value, Pineapple has a protein-digesting enzyme, bromelain, that helps digestion at the end of a high protein meal; hence why its highly used in Rodizio style restaurants.
Now on to the real deal. The meats! CopaCabana’s extensive meat menu made our experience a success. Our table was privy to Chicken Drumsticks, Parmesan Crusted Pork Loin, Beef Ribs, Top Sirloin, Fillet Mignon, Suckling Pig and Homemade Sausage, amongst others. All of them being well cooked, tender when needed and tasty. This was a meat-comatose I would love to experience again.
And if unlimited salads and meats are not enough for you…
Until next time Foodies.