Fazenda opened its doors in Edinburgh last week and I went along to find out what it was all about.
Fazenda is a rodizio style bringing the traditions of Brazil (and Uruguay and other South American countries) to George Street.
The Gaucho tradition of carving barbecued meat at the table is centuries old and for £32 in the evening, or £18.50 for a midweek lunch, you can enjoy 15 or 8 different cuts respectively.
Inside is swanky, Tomas the co-owner assured us it was like an upmarket rodizio in Sao Paulo, I’ll need to take his word on that until I get the chance to visit!
To the front is a large bar area, and to the rear a surprisingly spacious dining room featuring the infamous salad bar, and a very beautiful adjoining private dining area which seats up to ten.
The experience begins with a visit to that salad bar. I missed the bit where they may or may not have told me how many items there were, but I can tell you there were plenty. As well as your usual salad items there were little peppers, and balsamic onions, a type of Brazilian stew, rice, peppercorn sauce, little pitta breads…the list goes on. Many will advise you to go easy at the salad bar so you can pack in more meat, but hey, you do as you like – there’s lots here to enjoy so don’t miss out.
A couple of interesting facts for you. The Fazenda group, which is made of of four restaurants (Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, and Edinburgh) gets through 30-35 tonnes of meat A MONTH. The average diner in a steak restaurant will consume 8oz of meat. That figure soars to a mind boggling 30oz at Fazenda. All I can say is there must be a lot of people suffering from the serious meat sweats!
The variety of barbecued meats is served at your table and carved to order. You’ll see a little set of tongs on your side plate, the etiquette is to take these and catch the piece of meat as it’s carved. The variety of meats includes (inhales deeply): the signature Picanha cut (pronounced Pea-Can-Ya) which is a cap of rump, fillet, sirloin, chicken wrapped in bacon, chicken hearts (just try them, very tasty with a squeeze of lime), pork belly (delicious with a welcome sweetness from a honey glaze), lamb (featuring the obligatory mint), pork sausage, and gammon with pineapple.
Since going to Fazenda I have been asked many questions, so here I have created a FFAQS for you
Fazenda Frequently Asked Questions
Can I have my meat well done?
Yes, just ask your waiter and he will serve you meat as you like it.
Can I take a break?
Yes, turn over your card to red if you want to take a break.
Is it any good for vegetarians?
Yes! As well as the salad bar there are a selection of vegetarian and pescatarian dishes – you can order as many as you like, AND you get your dessert included for the £32.
What about vegans?
Yup. There are two vegan dishes, same rules as above apply.
Do they do dessert?
Yes, and they’re very good – worth leaving room for!
Is it expensive?
It’s probably going to cost you around £100 for two with drinks and desserts. Comparable with a high end steak restaurant.
Is it fun?
Yes it’s fun trying all the different items available.
Can kids go?
Yes! Kids are very welcome (I’ve been advised by A Foodinburgh Group member that this is before 6pm) – under 5’s are free. 5-8 £6.70. 9-12 £10.30
Is there a time limit on my table?
Tables are allocated for two hours, larger tables will be allocated an additional 15/30 minutes depending on the size.