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Dine Out Vancouver is back again (see my 2010 reviews of Stonegrill and Accent Dinner Cruises) and being the food-lover that I am, I couldn't let this one pass by without at least checking out one restaurant. My bf wanted to go to Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, which specializes in Brazilian BBQ. Their specialty is all-you-can-eat meat (plus a salad bar) but we decided to go with the Dine Out menu ($28) just 'cause!
I've never eaten Brazilian food so I wasn't sure what to expect. For my appetizer, I chose the Fried Polenta Sticks with Bolognese Sauce (they are less like sticks and more like squares). The sauce was literally all meat and really filling. Honestly, if I wasn't super hungry I think I could have eaten just this as a meal. My bf's appie (Flat Bread with Salmon Tartar) was a lot smaller than mine but it tasted pretty good.
For our entrées, we both selected the Filet Mignon in Demi Glace with Cassis Sauce, Champagne Risotto and Grilled Asparagus. It was fine but not the best steak I've ever had. Also, risotto is not my favourite thing in the world.
At this point, I was feeling really full but I am not one to say "no" to dessert, and especially not tiramisu. Yummy!!
Ambiance-wise, the restaurant decor is awful. It looks like a banquet hall or some type of family restaurant from the early 90's. I mean, you wouldn't be coming here for a "romantic" date anyway, but I did think it was odd. The Brazilian dancers and live music were a nice touch though.
Overall, my Dine Out experience was okay but I think next time, we'll probably try Samba's all-you-can-eat option since that's what they're known for.
Location: 1122 Alberni Street, Vancouver, BC