Tudo De Bom
Back in 1992, I had the pleasure of spending 3 months touring Brazil. A majority of my time was spent in the southern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. Land locked and picturesque, I had an extremely memorable time there. When I first heard about Tudo De Bom, I was excited -- I loved Brazilian barbecue (churrasco).
It took me a while to get here, but I finally did. That was almost 6 months ago. Recently, I returned with a couple of friends for dinner. At the front door, you'll see the menu which lists the meats available during dinner (weekends offer a wider selection) as well as a list of some of the buffet items that are offered.
Rodizio is what's normally served in churrascarias, which is what Tudo De Bom is. When we arrived on a Thursday night at 7:00 pm, the restaurant was about half full.
Brazilians like beef, so many of the meat selections here consist of a number of beef cuts and preparations -- top sirloin, garlic steak, pepper steak and beef tenderloin. Sausages (two types), chicken, pork tenderloin and lamb round out the rest of the menu. There is a nice sized buffet selection and a salad bar. All this for $19.95. Good deal?
At first glance, the all-you-can-eat concept seems like a bargain. In the end, what really matters is not what cuts of meat are served (though this is important), but how quickly the food turns over and how quickly it is replenished and served to the customer. This is where Tudo De Bom fails.
In Brazil, you can expect meat to be constantly delivered to your table which will definitely lead to overeating. Here it can sometimes be a lengthy wait. At times, we waited up to 20+ minutes for a server to pay us a visit. In addition to this, the evening's meat selections are not always available -- we asked for lamb and it arrived 1 hour and 20 minutes into the meal. The server, though, was nice enough to mention that spaghetti was available instead (can you imagine spaghetti at a churrascaria?).
And while the meat was well seasoned, sometimes too salty even, it was moist and tender. The buffet was missing some Brazilian standards like farofa, couve or even polenta, but included a wide selection of Western ones like the aforementioned spaghetti as well as mashed potatoes and Caesar salad.
Dinner here was a long one (we spent well in excess of three hours to finish our meal) and when we left, we were actually more tired than full. Tudo De Bom offers a great alternative to the usual steakhouse fare, but with a fair amount of wait time between servings, the experience here left much to be desired.
Tudo De Bom
McCully Shopping Center
1960 Kapiolani Boulevard Suite 204