Copacabana Restaurant (Adelaide)
Copacabana is a lively, 320-seat Brazilian rodizio split over two floors. While it's not exactly the first of its kind (there's one on Eglinton West and another in Niagara Falls), it might just be the first location to make you take notice.
Owners Michael and Jeremiah Rudan opened the first Brazilian steakhouse over 10 years ago and have since practiced the arts of butchering and churrasco by immersing themselves in Brazilian culture. This third effort (located above Shibui Robata Bar ) is to be the flagship location, where the vibrant atmosphere and live entertainment finally matches the indulgent food and fun service style.
On the top floor you'll find the choice seats in a loungy area fronted by floor to ceiling windows that open to the street below. If seated further back in the dining room on a Friday or Saturday night, do a totally counterintuitive thing and request the mid-room tables by the stairs - you'll find yourself in the middle of all the action when an aerialist descends from the ceiling.
The restaurant is all you can eat and for a fixed price ($37 during the week and $45 on the weekend) waiters will cycle through to each table offering a choice of 18 different skewered meats to be carved table-side in unlimited quantities.
There are selections like chimichurri flank steak, cheese-stuffed prime rib, parmesan fillet mignon, though the signature steak is the Picanha Brazil, a top sirloin grilled over ultra-hot charcoal so that the exterior is seared and the inside reveals a gradient of pale to deep pink as it's carved from outside in.
If ever you need a rest - or finally reach maximum capacity - just flip the coaster-sized menu over to signal the parade of meat to halt.
Vegetarians can opt to just eat from the galleria on the first floor where a line-up of house-baked breads, salads and side dishes are help-yourself. At the hot table you'll find mac 'n cheese, lasagna, wild rice, fried yucca and sweet potato casserole.
Pitchers of sangria ($32) from the graffiti-covered bar fuel a clubby vibe. Or select from the summery cocktail list featuring mojitos ($9.25) and caipirinhas ($9.25).
Copacabana is a currently open for dinner nightly from 5pm to 11pm. Latin lunch and brunch buffets are expected to launch in the coming months.
Photos by Jesse Milns