Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse
4055 Old Milton Parkway, Ste 9
Alpharetta, GA 30005
I think they just opened this week. Decor was pretty sparce, but very clean. It's not a big space, more deep than wide. They had some tables, but mostly booths lining a side of the wall. I can easily see the place being packed, especially with all the office workers in the area looking for a good, but different place to eat. It's all you can eat. Lunch was $9.95. Dinner is $14.95. It's set up similar to Porto Brazil off of Roswell Road. Short salad bar, about 4-6 hot items like rice, beans, pasta of some sort, shepard pie looking thing, etc. Then there's the meats. They have a cool looking open front grill where the meats are rotating on spits. You basically grab a plate at the front of the bar and work your way down the line, or you can grab a plate and go straight to the carving station. There's a guy there who slices each piece of meat fresh and you grab it with little tongs. They person doing the carving was very nice and didn't balk at all when I asked for a more rare piece of rump roast. He happily went back and grabbed a different roast. Overall staff is friendly, if a little slow which is understandable given how new they are. The line did stack up a couple times when someone gets a little indecisive or wanted several types of meats at one serving.
I had to try each of the meats. I know. I'm such a glutton, but I really felt it was my duty to taste everything in order to report back to everyone on 285foodies.com
. My favorites were the Rump Roast, chicken leg, garlic beef. Each was tender and had a good flavor that comes from caramelization against the searing heat. Everything else was good to above average. My least favorite was the chicken sausage (a bit dry), pork loin (again dry), and pork rib. I thought the rib had a "gamey" taste to it. Maybe bbq sauce would cover it up, but for me it was just a bit much.
Overall, I would happily come back. For the quality and quantity of food, I thought it was a good deal. With all the hungry workers in the area, I could see this place getting quite busy.