Tatoni Ristoranti

Last weekend I went with my parents to “Tatoni Ristoranti”, an italian restaurant on Bourbon Shopping.

The first thing I would like to say is that it, as Schneider Porto Alegre, have a space problem. No, you don’t have tables so near each other you can’t get up without hitting the guy next table back. The space is enough, but it seems that they don’t have enough space in their kitchen. So, the plates take a lot of time to appear. Also, it seems that, when all the tables are taken, there aren’t enough waiters to service you. In other words, if there are many people in there, your plate will take some long time to appear and the service will take some time to appear.

Now, if you have enough time, you’ll be surprised when the plates come: they taste sooooo good! I ordered a chicken “a la parmegiana” with risotto and I ate more than I could. But I couldn’t stop eating, it was so good.

If you want a nice italian plate and have enough time, that’s some place you need to go.

Schneider Porto Alegre

Schneider is a well known churrascaria (steak house) in Sao Leopoldo. A few years ago, they opened an arm in Porto Alegre, where I went with my family this weekend. If you’re planing going there, here is my advice: don’t.

First of all, they don’t know how to cook the most easily meat: picanha (and that’s something I should learn how to say in English). They managed to burn it outside and let it raw in the inside. So, if you wanted a well cooked piece, you would have to wait to the final pieces, where the salt don’t reach (and, thus, without any taste). Second, they cramped the place with tables in a way that it is even hard to the waiters come to your place; some many people means so much noise that the waiters can’t even understand what you are saying (and when you say “thin slice”, the drop a huge piece in your plate).

The only good thing on it is they see food buffet, which is completely out of place for a steak house.

Me duele la pancita (Outback Iguatemi)

Today I went with my parents to the mall, to buy them their Christmas gifts. Dad almost ripped my account, but mom, fortunately, just wanted a small souvenir.

In the end of the day we went to “Outback”, an Australian restaurant that is in Iguatemi parking lot. And I’m not kidding here, I recall they closing a piece of the parking lot just to build the restaurant there.

I don’t know if we can really call it “an Australian restaurant”, as I don’t know Australian food and, being so spiced, I could say it is Texan food, taking all stereotypes around. Again, don’t get me wrong here: the food really is spiced, but in the right amount. It is not something that keeps your mouth burning.

So, since we get there earlier than 20:00, we went into their “happy hour”: you ask any alcoholic drink and you get two. Nice, more booze. Mom asked a strawberry capirinha, dad a lime caipirinha (it is really lime, not lemons as we are used here) and I asked a “Sex on the beach”, vodka, peach liquor, orange juice and pineapple juice with a bit of currant syrup. Really sweet. To give as something to chew, we asked a fried onion and some fried potatoes. What we got was a HUGE onion and a dish with a mountain of french fries. It was almost a dinner in itself, but we were ahead and asked another dishes: mom asked some pasta, dad some steak and I asked some kind of hamburger, with chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, bacon and sweet mustard. And I can honestly say that I never eat an hamburger so delicious! The chicken with the sweet mustard and the bacon really makes you eat more than you can hold. And don’t forget that we got twice the booze.

The service were amazing too: every time there was a problem, like the bar getting so over crowded that our drinks would take longer to com to the table were announced, a problem with our order were promptly answered by the manager, the waiter who got our orders went, from time to time, to check if everything was ok… Nice service, really nice.

In the end, mom and I went to the car complaining “me duele la pancita” (my tummy hurts). We really went above all we could get in, because everything taste SO good.

Worth the time, worth the pain. :)

Habib’s: First time, last time

After going to the theather, I decided to go to Habib’s eat something. Well, I didn’t decided it myself, ’cause we were four friends that decided to go see “Tangos & Tragédias”…

Anyway, there we where and asked for some food. I then we waited. And waited. And waited. And then our juices appeared. And then we waited. And waited. And the burgers come, but no french fries. And we waited. And waited…

We had to call the waiter three or four times until we get everything. Oh, and he get the wrong juice of one of the guys.

And my burger was cold.