Well, by now you know that we are total foodies and just about any excuse to go out for dinner, we will take it GLADLY!
Many, many years ago, my husband and I travelled to Bogota, Colombia, in South America, on a mission trip. We spent three weeks travelling throughout the urban sprawl and vast countryside surrounding Bogota, helping people wherever we could. The trip was filled with long days and lots of hard work, but worth every minute of it.
On one of our final few days in Bogota, the resident missionary who had been hosting us, took our team out for a special dining experience. It was to the local Brazilian steakhouse. It was our first time ever trying this kind of food and unique way of eating.
Back then, I used to deal with A LOT of stomach issues (most have minimized over the years, although some still remain). Because of this, I was much more selective with what I would eat, never knowing how sick it would make me.
So when we went to the steakhouse that night, over 10 years ago, I opted out of the traditional Brazilian style meal and just went with a basic (and safe) meat platter. A few other girls on the team followed suit while the rest of them were more adventurous and went for the full experience.
On the menu that night, they served everything from traditional steak to chicken hearts and even cow utter. I KID YOU NOT! My husband ate it ALL and has talked about this experience ever since (as you can see by the look on my face, I wasn’t digging the chicken hearts)!
So when Touro Brazilian Steakhouse here in Toronto invited us to come try their unique dining experience, almost 10 years after our initial experience in Colombia, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity!
Over the years, I’ve become much more adventurous as my stomach has grown more comfortable with different foods, so I was excited to FINALLY get to try the FULL Brazilian steakhouse experience at Touro.
I decided to keep this a secret from the hubby and surprise him with a date night. I made the reservations, booked the babysitter, got myself all dolled up and met Chris at his work (with a dress shirt in hand) and whisked him off to dinner! He had NO idea where we were going, which made the experience that much more fun! (Note: because of the timing of work and our babysitter, we arrived just as the restaurant was opening, hence why it looks empty. It really filled up as the night went on).
Arriving at Touro, I knew immediately it was going to be a great experience! The restaurant is so beautifully built and furnished inside, you can’t help but be amazed before you even start eating! The various light features alone were enough to get me excited!
The way the “Rodizio” dining experience works is that you can serve yourself all the sides that you would like at the buffet, including soups, salads, veggies, etc. while the various cuts of meats are continuously served table side, ON A SWORD!
Some of the meats we had that night included Picanha, Top Sirloin, Flank Steak, Parmesan Sirloin, Garlic Steak, Beef Ribs, Chicken Breast Wrapped in Bacon, Leg of Lamb, and their famous grilled Pineapple, which truly changed my life! You’re given a drink coaster with one side that is green and the other side red. This is to let the servers know if you want more meat or you need a break, depending which side you place upwards. If it’s green, they keep coming around, as the various cuts of meat come off the rotisserie. They then cut the meat right in front of you and you get to enjoy the juiciest, most flavorful selection of meats at your table!
I honestly cannot say enough good things about Touro Brazilian Steakhouse! My husband and I decided that it ranks as one of the top five dining experiences and best foods we’ve ever eaten. THAT GOOD!
We’ve also decided that we will be back VERY soon!
So next time you are looking for a special place to take that special someone in your life, make sure to check our Touro! You will NOT be disappointed!
Love & Blessings,