Review: Texas de Brazil

Texas de Brazil (TDB) is described to be an upscale Brazilian eatery featuring all-you-can-eat grilled meat carved tableside and an awesome salad bar.

It serves lunch from Sunday-Thursday at 119 SAR excluding filet mignon, braised beef ribs, lamb chops, and prawns. If you avail only the salad area, it’ll cost you 65 SAR – drinks not inclusive.

The dinner price is a little more pricey than lunch (of course!), it’ll cost you around 159 SAR for various meet cuts and salad area. But if you’re vegetarian/vegan, you can still enjoy the place by availing the salad bar buffet for only 89 SAR, you’d have a wide range of salads to choose from, again, drinks are not inclusive of the price. Children from 6 to 12 years will be charged half the price and all those under 6 years are complimentary.

If you’re a heavy meat eater, this place is for you. The intervals of meat are well-scheduled for you to crave for more instead of the opposite. If you feel like losing appetite in trying to consume your giant ribeye steak from some other steak places, then I could vouch that you won’t have that kind of feeling in TDB. The meat is fresh, well-cooked in various doneness and the attendants are very attentive to your needs.

Like any other buffet places, the drinks are expensive and it is expected because that’s where buffets breakeven but 15 SAR for an 8-ounce Coke?! A little too pricey for me…

The space between tables is one of my issues. People from neighboring tables can have an elbow-to-elbow situation which kind of uncool you know. I guess spacing is something worth looking at. Other than that, their glassware, china, and the rest of the table set-up are superb!

I have a slight problem though concerning the ladies room because it doesn’t really promote hand hygiene. For a place fancier than others, at least they could invest on automatic / sensor faucets. The sliding doors do not help either because you will have to touch everything once again after having just washed your hands from the non-automated faucets; it’s like germs all over again! The ladies room is a bit crowded and customers can really use sinks outside the toilet cubicles to wash up once out of the toilet bowl area. It’s not an ideal design for ladies rooms, you see, try to imagine re-touching your make-up inside a very small airplane like space with all the messy tissues scattered all over the wet floor. It’s not appealing. We got to get out of there, find somewhere open, with wide mirrors and good lighting, of course, with automatic faucets by the sink.

Anyhow, overall, I’d say that since it’s a place to eat and it serves awesome food, I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars. Perhaps if they change the female WC situation for the better, then I’d generously give that remaining star totally ignoring the cost of the 8-ounce Coke, I promise!

The place is located in Rubeen Plaza, Northern Ring Branch Road, Exit 2, Riyadh, KSA. For inquiries, you may call Texas de Brazil at 00966-11-2111850 – they have an awesome set of staff to attend to your call.

BUT, Texas de Brazil does not accept reservations on Fridays (just when you needed it most!) but yes, keep in mind, early bird catches the worm!

Happy eating you carnivores!

Images: Taken from Texas de Brazil websites and google image uploads

 

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Pie Days

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Photo Credit: PIE DAYS

I have been attracted to this place since I first saw their signage. Unfortunately, it hasn’t opened at that time and we never had the opportunity to revisit the place because of our long vacation outside KSA.

We went out last Friday and decided to dine in despite being sooooo full having eaten something heavy while inside the car. We decided to eat light meals so we agreed to go to a pie store, “PIE DAYS,” how lucky was I, right? Just like how I felt when I first saw it, I was amazed by the colors, the design, the uniform — I love everything I see in the store! I now became curious about the taste. Unfortunately, my taste is quite standard. I only like things the majority jologs population would like. I don’t experiment much and I don’t like dishes made extra special so yeah, I am certain that I won’t get compatible with the food they sell. In all fairness, I appreciate nothing but milk breads and mocha rolls from Goldilocks (Philippines) or Blue Ribbon (Riyadh), I also love cheesecakes but limited to those cooked by our former colleague Lourvie or anything reminiscent of the taste. The simplicity of my taste makes it quite complicated.

So the review on food should be based on my husband who is back to the store for his lunch break today, 17 April 2017. He ordered and took home a lot of pies last Friday but that did not limit him from ordering a bunch for today. That’s how he loved it. He took special notice on their Oriental Beef Pie. My sister however loved the Veggie-Delhi and Spinach Pie. As for me? My favorite was the Sunshine Honey Pie and their coffee and tea.

Will I ask to dine there once again? Probably no. But I won’t say no if I get asked by my family. My husband will certainly enjoy eating and re-eating there but for me, I would only go there probably if I needed to catch up with longtime friends “on instances that I’d barely get the chance to eat — since we’d talk incessantly.” In case I get hungry (or famished), there’s always cheesecake and coffee — nothing goes wrong with that! And of course, we wouldn’t ever miss having awesome photo ops especially with the Pie Days backdrop! Fancy!

Address:

3538 Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Rd,
As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh 12223, Saudi Arabia
Contact: Call 055 076 9994
PS: I have returned to the store several times already (contrary to what I have written, still not because of my craving for it but it’s because I know my husband loves it and it will be too selfish of me to deprive him from having this – EDITED ON: 31 AUG 2017

Boyong’s-Marikina

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Image source: Tripadvisor

[Boyong’s] Chef B’s Grilled Burger is located in 15 E. Dela Paz Street, San Roque, Marikina . It’s open everyday from 1:00 – 10:00 PM except on Sundays. Of course, my favorite Boyong’s special is Dinuguan. I think that’s all I eat in the Philippines since I have resigned from eating hardcore lechons and crispy patas. My husband loved their burger too, although I was only able to smell it across the dining table, I can attest that it really did smell good, it has that homemade effect which makes it more special than super commercialized burgers. Here’s a screenshot of the menu courtesy of zomato:

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