Welcome to Fogo de Chão! That’s how a carnivore, a vegetarian, a vegan and a pescatarian came to dine together at Fogo de Chão, a churrascaria that now has more than 30 locations globally. The location, in Botafogo, is in front of Baia de Guanabara and from the restaurant you can see the Sugar Loaf or admire the wonderful bay. Fogo de Chão is one of the most beautiful restaurants in town and the food: equally beautiful. There is something—much more than merely “something”—for everyone, along with a very pleasant and hospital service team. A feast of meats! Yes, there are some more than a dozen meats, brough to your table on a spit, right off the grill and expertly carved at your plate from the skewer. Eight different cuts of beef include cowboy steak, filet mignon, rib eye, picanha [top sirloin cap, our favorite], ribs and sirloin. Lamb lovers can have chops, leg of lamb or both. Chicken breasts are wrapped in bacon; chicken legs are marinated in beer and brandy. You grow wide-eyed as the choices keep coming. Have as much as you like, or take a rest or, order seafood ! You don’t have to be a meat eater to eat well. For seafood lovers there are: Jumbo shrimp cocktail. Chilled lobster and shrimp appetizer. Main of sea bass with mango relish. All the smoked salmon and fixings (capers, onions, etc.) from the Market Table.
Plenty for vegetarians & vegans: You can find some of 40 items on the vast Market Table. While some are cheeses, charcuterie, candied bacon and smoked salmon, the majority are fruit- and vegetable-based, plus soup. A complete antipasto awaits, along with salad fixings that enable one to build a fantasy green salad, with all the fixings one could desire.
Although not a vegetarian dish, the Market Table also offers you Brazil’s national dish, feijoada, a black bean stew with sausage, served with rice, fresh orange and farofa (baked yuca flour with bacon). For your first pass, you can made a plate of artichoke hearts, beets, fire-roasted bell peppers, hearts of palm, marinated mushrooms, tomatoes and mozzarella. For the table, scalloped potatoes, yucca fries, sautéed bananas and the delicious cheese bread or pão de queijo. And finally yes, you can have a desserts (if you have room).
Cocktails & Wines You can start your lunch or dinner with Caipirinhas and then moved to Brazilian wines. Beyond the famous malbec, there are chardonnays, rosés and sparkling wines.
When To Go: Anytime! Whether it’s a special event or a lunch, brunch or dinner with family, friends or colleagues, the Fogo de Chão experience is waiting for you. Prix fixe menus include all you can eat of the meats and Market table A tasty and fun time will be had by all.