Rodizio Brazil Phuket Steakhouse is permanently closed
Rodizio Brazil Phuket Steakhouse is most definitely a place for meat lovers. When thinking of meat dishes many people naturally would think of the USA, Australia, and of course Argentina. It would appear that only connoisseurs associate Brazil with an all-out meat splurge but it’s true: Brazilians are great carnivores and love nothing better than a good steak. So when Rodizio Brazilian Restaurant – an all-you-can-eat arrangement – opened in Soi Patong Tower just off Patong’s Beach Road it was good news for carnivorous types and the restaurant has subsequently enjoyed quite a success.
‘Rodizio’ actually means ‘turning’ (think ‘rotate’) and the word is used to describe the popular Brazilian restaurants worldwide that serve meat up on skewers with a waiter circulating (or ‘going round’) with a rather dangerous-looking blade that has meat skewered through it.
Generally speaking, the meat served in this manner ranges from filet mignon and turkey chunks wrapped in bacon, sirloin steak in circular cuts, roast beef, whole chicken hearts, lamb, pork ribs, spicy sausage, grilled dark-meat chicken, and lots more to keep the chef in the kitchen on his toes while he ‘rotates’ the meat over the grill.
Rodizio is a simple setup with mustard yellow walls, photos of Rio and Sao Paulo on the walls and a richly varied salad bar to the side – there’s even a wheel of Gouda and a whole authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese along with roast potatoes, salad, lots of veggies, and rice dishes. The restaurant can handle about 80 covers and has a fan-cooled terrace for diners who like to watch the many comings and goings on this busy soi.
Service is friendly at Rodizio and thankfully so, because when a sizeable waiter comes at you with a razor-sharp skewer it feels a lot better when he’s actually smiling. We simply wallow in the warm feeling of not having to move yet being constantly served delicious cuts and tender slices of whatever has just come off the grill.
The background music is unmistakably Brazilian with a constant toe-tapping beat and it’s a wonder no one gets up to samba around the shop-house sized restaurant. Brazil is not particularly renowned for its wines so logic dictates that we sup an Argentine Malbec from Mendoza and a particularly delicious Chilean red whose denomination remains unknown – probably because of its effect.
Of course you can order a la carte at Rodizio and what better than a wagyu rib-eye steak or even a Brazilian lasagna and then there’s that wonderful salad bar with its wide choice. If you decide to eat the Rodizio way you’ll be paying a set price (690 baht plus service and tax – August 2014 prices) and if you’re particularly hungry with a large appetite this works out very much to your advantage.
- Opening Hours: 16:00 - Late
- Location: Soi Patong Tower
- Tel: Soi Patong Tower