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.

A week ago to be exact, I was eating at CopaCabana, a Brazilian Rodizio style restaurant. Rodizio is a style of restaurant service in Brazilian restaurants. One pays a fixed price (prix fixe) and the waiters bring an offering of meats to each table at several times throughout the meal, until customers gesture they’ve had enough. I would say gesture, because you can’t really be at this restaurant without having a piece of meat in one’s mouth for more than a second.


Copacabana Toronto

Rodizio style


Upon getting seated, we were invited to start our meal with an assortment of salads and accompaniments from the buffet-style salad bar.


Copacabana Toronto

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… 

Copacabana Toronto

Grilled Pineapple

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.

Copacabana Toronto

Selection of meats

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…

Copacabana Toronto

Brazilian dancers

…well then I am sure the beautiful Brazilian dancers might just be what you needed to begin or end your night with.  

Until next time Foodies. 

Buen Provecho,
Foodies Inked.

Dining Experience: Dinner 
Venue: CopaCabana 
Specialty:Brazilian Steakhouse 
Location: 150 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON 
Menu items: Prix Fixe Rodizio style meats, salad bar and beer

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One Response to CopaCabana

  1. Carolina February 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    WOW looks amazing!! I will certainly go and check it out!! that chicken looks to die for and I just love meat with pineapple! Thanks for always keeping us up to speed on what to eat!!


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