Indulge in the ultimate Brazilian-style feast on your next guys’ night out in Toronto with a visit to Copacabana. Located in the buzzy uptown neighbourhood of Yonge & Eg, this popular steakhouse specializes in rodízio-style service, where you and your buddies pay a fixed price for a parade of delectable meats and sides that doesn’t end until you want it to. Meet under the blue and red glow of the neon sign out front before letting the intoxicating aromas from the grill pull you inside. There, a mix of dark and light woods, white fabric screens, and warm edison bulbs sets a welcoming scene, while the floor-to-ceiling windows at the front open to the street on summer nights, allowing a refreshing breeze inside.
Once you’re led to your table, get into a Brazilian frame of mind with a round of caipirinhas. A blend of cachaça (sugar cane rum), muddled limes, and sugar, the national cocktail is a refreshing way to kick off an evening of indulgence. Then make your way to the Harvest Table buffet to help yourself to seafood, salad, pasta, fresh bread, and other authentic side dishes.
By the time you get back, it’ll be time for the main attraction: more than 20 cuts of seasoned and grilled meats, sliced and served table side. Delectable flank steak is artfully shaved onto your plate by a friendly server with serious knife skills— pair it with roasted pineapple for a little extra zing. Then move on to heartier Brazilian fare with a healthy portion of chimichurri steak topped with a flavorful sauce made from parsley, garlic, oregano, and olive oil. Add to the already teetering mountain of food on your plate a few slices of suckling pig, fresh salmon, and jumbo shrimp–specialties only served here on the weekends–and you’ll know you’re eating like kings.
With a toast to the bounty in front of you, let your inner cavemen out as you tear into all the succulent morsels. Though you’ll want to close your eyes and savor the variety of flavors on your fork, you might find it impossible to look away from the costumed belly dancers and live band performing onstage. The spirited atmosphere and endless stockpile of fresh food–they keep bringing it until you tell them to stop–combine to make you and your buddies feel like you’ve dropped into Brazil’s famed Carnival. Fortunately, you’re still in Toronto, and you can revisit this culinary samba party as often as you like.