Here at Carne & Caipirinha, they offer an all alfresco dining which can house a total of 74 pax. However, one may feel a little warm dining in this environment in the humid weather of Singapore.
Churrascaria refers to a restaurant that serves grilled meats in buffet style where passadors (chef and meat servers) will serve the grilled meats on skewers right to the dining table and carve out portions of meat onto the diners' plates.
How does the passadors know who and when to serve the food? Other than hand gestures or eye signals, the small two-sided coaster-like disc acts like a traffic light for the flow of the food to be served. Where green says "Yes, Please" go ahead serve me food and red means stop "No, Thanks".
No buffet is complete without a salad bar. The salad bar here offers a variety of choices ranging from pastas, rice, fruits and many more.
A dish that should not be missed from the salad bar is their national dish, traditional Brazilian Feijoada which is a kind of black bean stew with pork trimmings. I was told that sometimes this dish is cooked using beef in replacement of pork.
Free flow of Cheese Bread is served to kick start this food tasting. This chewy textured mochi-like bread is tasty and yet not too cheesy. This is definitely one of my favourite item for this tasting.
Beverages were up next before we sink our teeth into the meats. Refreshing and sublime flavours of fresh limes infused with a shot of finest liquor, its no surprise that Caipirinha is one of Brazil's finest invention and signature tipple. Its alcohol content is considered high for a non-alcoholic drinker like myself.
In fact, teetotalers can go for the Guarana Antarctica, the first ever soft drink produced in Brazil which is produced in only three countries and you get to try it now at Carne & Caipirinha.
And here we go, the meat journey begins!
Lamb Leg (Carneiro), Pork Belly (Barriga de Porco), Pork Sausage (Linguica), Chicken Thigh (Coxa de frango) and Chicken Fillet wrapped in Bacon were some of the roasted meats that we tasted. Though the pork belly wasn't the crispy skinned type served in chinese restaurant, nevertheless the meat is rather tender. The best for this round, in my opinion, have to be the chicken thigh. Tender, full of flavour and grilled to perfection. The pork sausage and chicken fillet wrapped in bacon seems rather normal in comparison.
Among the many meat varieties available, the must-try items are namely the Beef Rump (Alcatra), Beef Hump (Cupim), Fish (Escolar) and Chicken Heart (Galinha de Coracao). Beef Hump!? Cows have hump? Well yes, humped cattle known as zebu are found only in Brazil and I figured that the meat nearer to the fats are more tender than those further away.
Oh my! Chicken Heart! Yup, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Its Chicken Heart. Seriously, the chewy texture doesn't taste as exotic as it sounds. The top in my favourite list for the night and the winner for this must-try category got to be the Fish. The oil content in this kind of fish is rather high and we were advised not to take more than four pieces as it can cause stomach upset the following day.
Grilled Pineapple is the popular item among the food tasters tonight. Though I am not a pineapple lover, this is indeed quite juicy and sweet with the cinnamon powder completing the whole taste.
"The FireBomb" Flaming Carbonara Pasta in Cheese Wheel is a food trend that is sweeping the world. Freshly cooked Carbonara pasta is tossed in a large Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese wheel, followed by pouring in a flaming cocktail consisting a secret blend of 3 different alcohol. The flames will char the pasta and melt the cheese making this different from the normal Carbonara with an intoxicating aroma.
We tried both the alcohol and non-alcohol version and I personally prefer the former. Just to highlight, The FireBomb is available at S$10 per serving.
Keep it up!