Most people panic at the prospect of ruling out grains, legumes and dairy. They think there’ll be nothing left to eat, but the truth is that there’s plenty of choice. For example, the Modern Paleo meetup people have enjoyed Japanese food, Korean BBQs, a BBQ at the beach, and recently churrasco at a fantastic restaurant in Crows Nest.
Bah Bq offers churrasco (aka all-you-can-eat Brazilian BBQ) at $49 per person. Thanks to Tricia, who organised this particular dinner, we got a group discount and paid $35 per head on a Saturday night.
The feast started with complimentary sausages, which were great. Unfortunately I failed to ask if they were gluten-free (they were not).
Next we were served the condiments: chimichurri, tomato & red pepper salsa, mustard, and chili jam, plus farofa (roasted cassava flour). The chimichurri was the table’s favourite, at least on our side of the table.
Condiments & farofa
We were also served the classic (non-Paleo) churrasco sides: cassava and spiced crumbed banana (misto frito), black bean and streaky bacon stew (feijao), beef ragout rice (arroz carreteiro), rocket and Parmesan salad, and the house creamy potato salad.
Mixed fried polenta, cassava and spiced crumbed banana
Potato salad, arroz carreteiro, feijao
Needless to say, we mainly ate the simple but nice rocket & Parmesan salad.
Rocket & Parmesan salad
Here’s a brief explanation for those who have never been to a churrasco restaurant before: the meats are brought to the table skewered in swords, the waiter goes around offering it and cutting a slice for those who want some. You’re provided with mini tongs to grab the meat. Service in general was really good, and waiters didn’t complain at all when I wanted to snap some photos.
Meat-wise we got different cuts of beef (rib eye, rump, etc), lamb (BBQd and slow-cooked), pork, chicken wings, chicken thighs, chicken livers, and prawns. All of them were spectacular, and apparently the beef is pasture-fed. It’s hard to mention favourites but probably the rump and the slow cooked lamb were within my top choices. They also served grilled haloumi, which I didn’t try, and delicious grilled pineapple, a huge hit.