Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Grille from Ipanema

I have just one thing to say...OH...MY...GODDESS!!!!

This restaurant opened in Coeur d'Alene recently and we simply had to try it. We got our opportunity on Saturday when we had to drive up to do some shopping.

We got there a bit before 3 for a late lunch and there were still a few patrons there, most out on the patio. We opted for sitting inside. Our waiter arrived and asked if we had eaten there before, so he explained how the full Churrasco (pronounced shoo-RAS-koo) experience worked and of course we said yes (why go to a Brazillian steakhouse and not experience it properly). He then took our drink orders (iced tea) and left the red/green discs we would be needing:


Grille from Ipanema


Green means we wanted more meat and red meant we were not ready for more or we were done. I tended to keep mine very close at hand to flip back to green if I saw a skewer coming with something I wanted LOL!

First up tho was a visit to the buffet for salad and side dishes:


Grille from Ipanema


There were so many choices, but I started with a little green salad, fresh mozzarella, heart of palm, Brazilian rice and collard greens to die for:


Grille from Ipanema


The first of the meat arrived:


Grille from Ipanema


The shredded beef is asada and so tender and flavorful, the other is top sirloin. I was in beef heaven. Since it was lunch, the meat choices were limited, but still more then enough. I pretty much stopped taking pictures of food at that point I was so into enjoying my meal. We also had grilled vegetables, grilled Brazilian sausage, grilled chicken wrapped in bacon and garlic steak.

We had a nice view of the rest of the restaurant:


Grille from Ipanema


I made a 2nd trip back to the hot dishes for more collard greens and to try their chicken stroganoff, along with more mozzarella and heart of palm. The stroganoff was very tasty, the sauce had mustard in it. I had lost my head at that point and didn't think to ask if it had any wheat products tho. I had made sure I stayed away from everything I knew was wheat. I didn't have any problems after, but I will think to ask next time what went into it (not to mention so I can duplicate it at home LOL!). I will have to ask next time how they did their collard greens, they were the best I have ever had.

I finally had to flip my card to red and just sit and enjoy being there. The atmosphere of the restaurant was wonderful, the music was good, the staff were fantastic and we just wanted to linger. I did flip my card back over to have them stop by with the grilled pineapple. A small piece, but so yummy and the perfect way to end the meal.

Soon it was time to go, so we paid our check and headed out, but not before I snapped one final pic:


Grille from Ipanema


We are so going back up there for dinner when we get the chance, I do want to try the fish in mango sauce and the spicy chicken.

As we were leaving, hubby turned to me and said "As much as I love your lasagna, that was the best meal I have ever eaten!". I have to agree with him, I have never had a better meal and I eaten in lots of place here and abroad. Not only was it satisfying to the taste buds and tummy (while we had quite a bit, at no time were we so full that it was uncomfortable), it was very soul satisfying. So much so we were still soul satisfied the next day.

So run, fly, take a bus or drive to Coeur d'Alene and try out Grille from Ipanema, you won't be sorry.