Your favourite Brazilian-style eatery, Rodizio, is reborn and reimagined in its new home in Melrose Arch. We were recently invited to check it out, and found we love the new location and the even more vibrant look and always delicious food.
Be sure to read all the way to the bottom and enter the competition to win a night out for two at Rodizio (Melrose Arch).
1. New Location
Rodizio has moved! In case you didn’t know, Fourways is no longer where the Brazilian carnival vibe is at. The new location, in Melrose Arch, is bursting with colour and vibrancy. From the décor to the chairs to the staff uniforms, even the cocktails. Find them on High Street, next to Paul’s Bakery. Remember that booking for the meat rodizio style dining experience is essential, especially for groups.
2. New Offerings
But wait … there’s more! You won’t only find your favourite meat rodizio selection, buffet lunches, and dinner & dance evenings. The newly created Café Rio section of the restaurant offers breakfast and lunch. Get your Brazilian cuisine in lighter meals, and use it as a welcome excuse to get out of the office. I can’t wait to return because I have my eye on some of the those Café Rio menu items!
The Sunday buffet lunch is back and better than ever, with all the favourite meat rodizio offerings, plus an incredible array of starters including traditional Brazilian Feijoada (black bean stew). This is an incredible deal at R255, so get there soon! There is also a great a la carte menu selection, and a newly added tapas offerings.
3. Great For…
Rodizio has always been a firm favourite in my circles for great big party events, but there’s a lot more to Rodizio. In its new and improved guise, you’ll find it a great option for…
- Breakfasts and lunches! Surprising, yes, but the new Café Rio will keep those working in the area quite happy and offer something different and interesting.
- Birthday parties and special occasions! If your friends love their meat selection, this makes for a great party option. Choose a set menu, book a Friday or Saturday night, and you’re guaranteed a great time.
- Year-end functions! For as long as I can remember, Rodizio has always been really high up on the list of options for year-end work events. This remains true, and now that they’re centrally located, will be even better for a great time with colleagues and an easy Uber home.
- Family Sunday lunch! Outsource your cooking and cleaning, and still enjoy a great sprawling Sunday family get-together. Be quick, though, as those awesome Sunday buffets may not be around forever!
- Vibe vibe vibe! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It’s a vibe, and if all you need to celebrate is that it’s Friday night, you’ve got a great option here (especially, if like me, your vibe must include great food).
4. Review – Our Findings
We got to enjoy the Sunday buffet, which is a staggering amount of food, and that’s before you even get to the mains. The new location in Melrose Arch is simply gorgeous, with loads of colour and charisma. I especially loved the new staff uniforms, in particular the brightly coloured tropical shirts. Travel Gigolo is already making plans with a group of friends to have a Friday Dinner & Dance night out. I for one would love to go back to try some of the breakfast and lunch options from Café Rio.
We were warned not to fill ourselves up on the starters but I personally could not resist the garlic bread, the snails, the livers, and of course the traditional Feijoada Brazileira (black bean stew which comes with loads of meat). When the meat skewers started arriving, I only had eyes for the picanha, but I was advised that I should definitely try the chicken. I’m not one to ever order chicken in a restaurant, so I was quite sceptical about this, but who am I to say no to a man holding a sword. Can I just say that the chicken proved to be some of the best I’ve ever tasted. The lamb chops delighted, with an intense and delicious lemon flavour. Clearly, the secret of the winning Rodizio formula is in the basting. Of course the picanha came in as my firm favourite. Delicious fatty beef cooked to perfection.
Once the picanha had come – and gone – it was time to throw in the towel and ceremoniously flip the “robot” on the table to red. We were done. I couldn’t manage another morsel and could only look longingly at dessert (yes, included in the buffet!).
Service at Rodizio is efficient, friendly and enthusiastic. The best time to go is definitely for their Friday or Saturday dinner & dance evenings but the Sunday lunch buffet comes a close second. The food is delicious, wonderfully flavourful, and it really is a meat-lovers dream. We recommend it for a grand night out with friends for a special occasion, even if that occasion is that it’s weekend! Also definitely recommended is to try some of the interesting menu items from Café Rio, which look set to liven up your previous “same old same old” lunch choices.
6. Competition Time!
Just in case you want to do the dining taste test yourself, Rodizio is offering a night out for two at the Melrose Arch location to one lucky reader (and their Plus One). Dinner for two, plus a jug of caipirinha (virgin or not), and even a bit of dancing, if you’re so inclined.
What do we need from you? Tell us, in the comments below, which Rodizio a la carte menu item would be your first choice! For me, picanha is always the choice! Remember to leave your email address, and if possible, your Twitter/Insta handle, so we can get in touch and announce on our platforms.
SPECIAL REQUEST: If you happen to be the lucky winner, please remember to still tip your waiter even if the meal is partially/fully covered.
Ts & Cs
The competition is open from Friday, 12 July 2019 (upon publication of this feature) until midnight Thursday, 18 July 2019.
The winner will be selected by an online random generator.
The winner will be announced via social media on Friday, 19 July before 5pm.
The prize is not transferable for cash and is only valid at Rodizio Melrose Arch.
Only entries that tick all the boxes will be considered.
Please do not enter the competition if you are situated in Peru, for example, and have no intention of being in Johannesburg, South Africa anytime soon.