Happy (Post) Valentine’s Day fellow Foodie Utopians! A couple of nights ago, I had a fabulous night at Copacabana – a Brazilian Steakhouse in the heart of Toronto (located on Adelaide) where my company and I wined and dined in a beautifully orchestrated atmosphere and enjoyed some fabulous meats and buffet.
Upon arrival, the entrance was rather packed, given the holiday and also the well-known popularity of Copacabana. We had to wait for a couple of minutes at the front, but that allowed me to get a feel of the well-polished atmosphere of the restaurant. Thanks to our trusty reservation, a lovely usher escorted us to our table for two, and kindly gestured us to the buffet where we could grab a variety of sides for the meats to come out. Once we got settled in, we headed straight to the buffet to try out some of the selection.
Polished, white plates were displayed around the buffet (or the Galleria, as Copacabana named it) so patrons could grab a selection of different sides. This include breads at the open concept bakery, salads, and cooked items such as grilled zucchini, roasted peppers, mash potatoes – you name it! I especially enjoyed the mash potatoes, cheese bread and Brazillian vinagerette which complimented the assortment of meats that were circulating that night. In the Galleria, there were servers who were ready to cut the fresh breads that you wanted, or serve you the soups that you so desired with pleasant smiles. The service was absolutely stellar and catered to your every need.
The climax of the dining experience was the rotation of all the Brazilian meats going to customers’ tables. It was very interactive, and the food is obtainable the moment you settle down. The only “strenuous” task at hand for customers, was to use the tongs given at the table to assist the waiter with the carving of a perfectly sliced meat. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that all types of options come out so you can hand pick which meats you’d like to eat. The downside with this quick circulation was that I couldn’t get too many pictures of the meats for foodie utopia (bummer). I managed to capture their signature Top Sirloin, but if you’d like to see more of the selection, check out their Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/copacabana_to/)
Some of the selections were so appetizing and so wonderfully delectable, it was hard to tell the waiters to slow down (Copacabana has this system where you can flip a card which requests them to slow down, or “keep the meat coming!”). That night, my company and I had the chance to try out:
*taken from Copacabana’s website
All the selections were actually beautifully prepared – each selection of meat ranged from being buttery to juicy to savory and so much more. All the meats circulating added to the experience of dining at Copacabana and the varying tastes for the night brought a foodie like myself to pure heaven. What was so beautiful about the experience was that I got to have all these tastes in one sitting!
The list of my favourites for Copacabana that night could be endless, but I wanted to bring attention particularly to the Filet Mignon Wrapped in Bacon, Garlic Shrimp, Prime Rib with Cheddar, Chicken Drumsticks and Roasted Pineapple – these were probably the highlight of our night. The Garlic Shrimp and Prime Rib with Cheddar was definitely pleasurable for me, while the Filet Mignon Wrapped in Bacon and Roasted Pineapple was my company’s favourites. Pairing all these meats with the customization of sides from the buffet made Copacabana a successful excursion for myself, as well as my company for the evening.
During the dining experience, waitresses would occasionally greet us at our table to check up on us and ask if we would like any extra sides – that night we were served some fried bananas and cheese bread balls which were also great to munch on.
The assortment of meats being eaten on this special night, called for a glass of wine as well! My company and I kept it classy and ordered each a glasses of Red Wine, with a hint of Vanilla and Cocoa for taste and smell. It was a classic Italian brand wine which complimented the beautiful meal we dined on for the night.
And if that wasn’t enough excitement for one night, Copacabana added that special bonus with their Brazilian Samba Show, which we had the honor of catching before we finished our meal for the night – the entertainment was truly vibrant and I enjoyed watching it very much. Talk about having an authentic Brazilian feel in the heart of Toronto!
Overall, this experience was so smooth and well-orchestrated – I am truly happy to have had this experience not only as a foodie, but also as a young individual who has always tried to engage in exciting experiences such as this one. I was happy to have spent the night with great company, and with Copabana as well – thank you!
For more information on Copacabana and their fine establishment, take a look at their beautifully polished website: http://www.thecopa.ca/
Plating – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡
Ambiance – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡
Taste – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡
Service – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡