When Carolina Lopez, originally from Costa Rica, and Jose Monte, originally from Brazil, met while working in a restaurant in Calgary, they hardly imagined they would realize their joint dream of opening their own restaurant in only a few short years. The restaurant design is inspired by what you would see in the town of Ouro Preto or “Black Gold”, a mining town rich in Brazilian culture.
Jose pioneered Brazilian cuisine in a number of countries such as Japan, China and Mongolia before settling here in Calgary. Now married and partners in the restaurant they are committed to the authenticity of real Brazilian food and employ traditional techniques and spicing while combining a blend of Brazilian tradition with contemporary flair. Jose runs the kitchen or “back of the house.” Carolina helps and runs the “front of the house.”
• Dinner choices include; Garlic Steak, Pork Ribs, Chorizo sausage, Sirloin Steak, Pork Loin with a hint of heat, Minas pão de queijo (cheese bread), Moqueca – shrimp stew in coconut sauce, Salpicão – Brazilian chicken salad, Heart of Palm Salad, Couve (Kale) Salad, Cucumber Pineapple Salad (with a hint of mint and lime) and so much more
They offer a large selection of succulent meats, hot dishes and freshly prepared salads, the meats all roasted in large rotisseries. The Passadores bring skewers right to your table and carve the ones you would like, then keep coming around until you turn your card over. They also offer a checklist where you can mark off the dishes you prefer. Choices of meats include Picanha, one of their signature cuts of beef that is surrounded by a blanket of fat that lends more flavour and juiciness; Leg of Lamb simply marinated with sea salt, cooked to medium rare and dressed with honey-mint sauce; Fraldina skirt steak, and nine or ten other specialties, plus seasonal feature additions.
The buffet items include hot dishes, vegetable salads, and fruits. You’ll find Caesar Salad, Crab Salad and Green Bean Salad; Black Bean Stew, slowly simmered with pork, sausage, beef and bacon; Beef Stew With Vegetables; Fried Polenta, in-house made with stir-fried onions, red peppers deep fried, cut into strips and sprinkled with parmesan; and much, much more.
Order the Café de Coador, a Brazilian cloth filtered espresso straight from the state of Minas Gerais served right at your table. Enjoy while sampling the extensive array of fresh fruits and pastries complimented with the traditional sweet toppings that are all expertly prepared in house.
Check out Minas Market for their authentic Brazilian specialties to take away.
Minas Brazilian Steakhouse
136 2nd Street SW
M – F 11 am – 10 pm
Sa, Su + Hols 10 am – 10 pm