The Grille From Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse
Sim, por favor. Yes, please. The Grille From Ipanema is a nice change of pace in Coeur d'Alene restaurants. It is located in the Parkside Tower, and is entered from the Parkside lobby facing Front Avenue. We were seated promptly and the service was excellent. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Our waitress, Carol, was professional and gave us precise directions on what to expect from our dining experience.
She invited us to partake of the salad and sidefood bar, explained the best way to work with our server when he brought the churrasco (pronounced Shoo-Ras-Koo) Brazilian Barbecue around. Carol also provided us with tokens to signal the server whether to stop by our table with more meat. "Yes, please--Sim, por favor" on the green side and "No, thank you--Não, obrigado." on the red side.
I sampled a little of each of the meats, all of which were excellent. I can't honestly name a favorite. The food was perfectly cooked and served at a good temperature.
Don't go to the Grille expecting spicy food. Unlike many of the international foods we're used to eating, Brazilian fare uses more in the way of herbs than spices.
From the salad & side bar I had a small helping of Brazilian Rice and Beans. These were good, if a little on the warm side, rather than hot. Their cheese bread was a nice little surprise. I'd expected it to be a slab of bread with melted cheese. Instead, it was a small "nugget" of dense, cheese-infused bread. Quite good. Luckily, I only had one, because they're very filling. The friend who was with me had two, and between those and the rest of the side dishes he filled up too quickly to sample more than a few meats!
As for me, I made the mistake of ordering a Brazilian Lemonade, which was quite tasty to start, but very rich, and I was unable to finish it because after about half of what they brought me was gone it tasted too sweet to continue.
When we had eaten our fill of the all-you-can-eat salad & side bar and meat, we were very satisfied. That's when our server offered to bring us grilled pineapple for dessert. Far be it from me to turn down a portion of grilled pineapple! It was a great way to end a very satisfying meal.
The prices are fairly reasonable for a independent restaurant. $14.99 for the rodízio lunch, and $24.99 for dinner. Kids up to age 11 can have lunch for $7.99 and dinner for $11.99 and non-alcoholic beverages range from about the $4 range to about $7.
On a personal note, I would say The Grille from Ipanema is a good choice for a date, but given the round robin manner in which the churrasco is served may not be the best choice for a business meal.
It was definitely a worthwhile experience, and I'm glad this restaurant has opened in Coeur d'Alene.
The Grille from Ipanema is located in the Parkside Tower at 601 Front Avenue and offers a nice view over McEuen Field. For reservations, please call 208.676.1122.
The Grille's website is: www.thegrillefromipanema.com