What do you think of when you hear all-you-can-eat? An all-you-can-eat extravaganza? Rows of feasibly edible food that is left under a hot lamp for questionable amounts of time? I have to admit that as an American, I have visited many buffets in my time and have grown accustomed to the usual buffet arrangements. However, I was given the opportunity to see buffets in a different light. One of my friends who apparently were more Atlanta savvy than me invited me to a Brazilian steakhouse with some of his friends. I have never been to a Brazilian steakhouse before; therefore I was eager to participate in this new experience.
Folia Brazilian Steakhouse Outside view.
Before we even walked into the restaurant, I had already created a vision of what this experience was going to be like; nothing from the ordinary buffet except the types of food that was served. I can honestly say that I have never been so wrong in an assumption in my entire life. When I walked in, there was nothing that resembled the typical American buffet. For starters, the tables were decorated with a nice touch of class. The waiters and waitresses were dressed quite nicely and were some of the most delightful and friendly servers that I have ever met at a restaurant.
Folia Brazilian Steakhouse Neatly arranged Table
We were properly seated as soon as we stepped in by a very polite Brazilian waiter. As soon as I was seated, I prepared myself to get my plate and begin loading on the food. My friend stopped my before I completely embarrassed myself and told that this was not that kind of buffet. No sooner had I sat back down that a waiter approached our table holding a rack of some of the most succulent lamb I have ever seen. He politely asked if any of us would like to try the meat and everyone at the table replied with an over enthusiastic yes. I was eager to see how this was done because I really wanted to take a nice hunk of the lamb! The waiter went around to each plate and sliced off as many slices as you would let him before saying stop. So obviously when he came around to my plate, I took my sweet time in telling him to move on.
The lamb was downright superb. It was cooked to utter perfection. The flavor was nice and full in each bite, and it was as succulent and juicy as meat can possibly get. I was completely blown away by how good this lamb tasted. No sooner had I prepared myself for a second bite that another waiter approached out table, this time holding a blessed rack of roast beef. He let us know beforehand that the meat was a little rare just in case we preferred not to partake.
Folia Brazilian Steakhouse Meat being served.
However the roast beef smelled simply heavenly, I had to try it for pure sake of satisfying the watering of my mouth. This was my first time actually eating anything rare, so I was a little skeptical about the taste. Simply put, it was amazing, there was no lost in flavor and the meat was nice and juicy; I even went back for seconds.
The entire night we were approached by waiters and waitresses holding all types of meat, such as sirloin, sausages, brisket, duck. By the end of the night I felt like I had eaten enough meat to make three Vikings envious, and the tightening of my belt around my midsection also agreed. Everything that we tasted was cooked to perfection. We all left completely satisfied and I was glad that I had a friend who was able to introduce this wonderful delight.
Folia Brazilian Steakhouse Fried Banana.
The food was amazing and of course the bill was amply priced to compliment such fine cuisine. Though the restaurant may be a little pricey, the lamb alone gives justice cause to set price to such an extraordinary meal.
The Folia Brazilian steakhouse is definitely a place that builds its reputation from the high quality meat that they serve and I would recommend anyone who considers themselves a lover of food and especially a carnivore at heart to go visit.
• Style: Lunch, Dinner • Dress: Casual • Atmosphere: Quiet and serene • Price Range: $$ • Great For: dinner, outing with friends, dates • Specialties: the seasoned sirloin and the lamb, the best • Kids: yes • Vegetarian Options: plentiful