Pack your swimsuit and suntan lotion for your next trip to the O2 where Rodizio Rico transports you to sultry and sunny Brazil, land of the churrascaria.
It is very clear upon entering that this place is all about one thing, the meat. There is almost an upscale cafeteria-like style present. Bare walls, wood tables packed in tightly, and huge ceiling light fixtures make up most the decor. Upstairs there is an equal amount of space for diners to eat to their hearts content.
Air is filled with an aroma of succulent meats being barbequed in the basic yet pleasant dining areas. The servers are attentive and eager to present you with the many options brought around to each table. On a busy weekend night, it can be a bit loud, since the tables are almost on top of one another and you might wait a while for service.
This may be the simplest menu out there with only three choices. Your options are all you can eat prime cut barbecue meats (£22.50), vegetarian (£15.95) and a children’s selection (£11.50). Friendly passadors (meat carvers) come by each table several times during the course of the night offering a variety of barbecue meats such as chicken wings and thighs, leg of lamb, various cuts of beef, pork, and for the courageous, chicken hearts. The beef, in particular, is particularly mouthwatering, with a rich, succulent flavour. You can always say no, but with all you can eat why would you? Included in with the set price is access to the amazing salad bar displaying Brazilian and some British hot and cold dishes. They even have feijoada, a hearty stew made of beans, beef and pork which happens to be Brazil’s national dish.
Vegetarians needn’t worry – there’s plenty for you as well with an endless supply of pasta salads, vegetables, and bean dishes at the salad bar. You even get a little sign saying vegetarian to place in front of you at the table to warn the meat servers that you are not interested.
You will need a variety of drinks to wash it all down but don’t worry, Rodizio Rico has it covered. There are red, white and rose wines from countries all around the world including Brazil, Spain, Italy and France. Prices by glass range from £5 to £7. Bottles are also inexpensive and range from £17 to £70. Try the caipirinhas and the mojitos, which are both slightly sweet and very refreshing. Don’t be fooled though, they have quite a kick! Cocktails are priced from £6 to £8.
The Last Word
A low key and casual dining experience where both carnivores and herbivores can peacefully co-exist and have their healthy appetites satisfied. Come with an empty stomach and a passion for all that is Brazilian cuisine.