Samba Brazillian [sic] Churrascaria
By and large, I was impressed with the food. Most of it was pretty good (and the linguica tasted very familiar, seeing that they procure from Espirito Santo). I devoured the beans, which they had as a "bean stew" that was separate from the feijoada. (Hey I've never been to Brazil before; aren't they supposed to be done together? Well, I liked the beans separate from all those innards anyway.) The caipirinhas were probably one of the best that I've had too; done just to the right amount of sweetness and freshness to make them dangerously addictive (it's like candy!).
Still, this place has one huge shortcoming: the verrrry slow service (and it's not like this place was excessively busy on a Saturday night either; the place was only about 30% full when I was there). Sure, I can understand if they want the rodizio to come out slowly, so as to motivate hungry customers to devour the much cheaper salads and sides that are easily accessible in the middle of the restaurant instead. But if the profit motive were really the driver here, then they should have been much more faster in bringing out the drinks. Every time, they failed to realize that my drink was empty and didn't ask if I wanted another one. Even after I proactively asked them for another drink, they took forever to bring it out to me. They seriously could have realized a lot more money had they been quicker on the drinks, especially considering how tasty their caipirinhas were. What a shame.
Well, this place is definitely better than Carnivore at CHIJMES. But I'd probably still have to tip the scales to Mamma Lucia; their meat quality was just as good (if not better) than Samba's. And despite Mamma Lucia's horrendous caipirinhas, their service is much more prompt (plus, it's much closer to town).