I’ve been seeing this new restaurant so called Rio which is located next to Uban in Kuwait City for a while now, though all I knew is that it has Brazilian concept but that’s all. So last night I decided to pass by Rio and see what is it all about, luckily I was having my coffee at Salhiya which is only 5 minutes drive from Rio. As I arrived I had difficulty finding parking spot but fortunately there was a free valet service. As I stepped inside Rio I was warmly welcomed from the staff, “What does churrascaria means?” I asked right away, “Oh it means Brazilian steakhouse” the lady supervisor replied.
So Brazilian steakhouse it is, that’s good because I’m a steak lover after all. Inside it was medium sized with simple interior design; dimmed lighting with small and big tables scatted around, hidden A/C, fancy chandeliers. The glass walls gave the interior more spacious feeling. As I grabbed the relatively small menu and started seeing what they serve I started to get the real concept behind Rio, it’s not a traditional steakhouse where customers order a steak type in 250g, 300g, or 400g and then choose sides but instead customers in Rio pay fixed price (KD15.5 for adults & KD7.5 for kids) for main meat course, one salad order, and 6 side dishes. This concept is new to me but I overheard that there’s another Brazilian restaurant at Free Zone in Shuweikh called Cuts that has the same exact idea.
So after selecting my starter salad (plain Caesar salad) and the 6 sides; sorry I can’t recall exact names but they were mashed potatoes, rice, mushrooms, fried potato chips (see picture below) they gave me a circular token with red on side and green on the other, they said they will continue serving me (re-fill) as long I’m displaying the green side, so basically it’s like I’m saying there’s more room for food.
They started off serving cheese bites and my Caesar salad (both tasted good for starters). Afterwards, waiters started to come one after the other each carrying a skewer with different meat course and serve me with slices of each. The meat courses were medium cooked (customers can ask for well-done) and included tenderloin, flank steak, rumps, ribeye, chicken sausages, grilled shrimps, grilled pineapple…etc.
I was tasting each meat course. Generally all those I tasted were fine but I personally favored the tenderloin and grilled chicken slices. I asked about the source of the beef, they said all meats are USDA beef grade. My check was KD15.5 plus the price of my diet soda because they said all drinks and desserts are not included in the fixed price. Also sodas are not refillable. So did I like Rio? I gotta say I enjoyed the concept of Rio and the food tasted good and quantities were adequate, it’s not the best tasting steak out there but generally was of good quality and taste.
Rio is currently in soft opening phase, they are open from 7:00 pm to 11:00n pm daily. We appreciate if you share your opinion about Rio with all of our readers in case you try/ied it.
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