Hey guys! Something slightly different today!
If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen I was out on a girlie date a couple of weeks ago. My friends and I tend to meet up every once and a while in Edinburgh to have some food and a catch up.
I thought this would be the perfect place to share some of my experiences with you guys and hopefully you will get some new favourite places to eat out of it!
This time it was Fazenda on George Street. I had never heard of this place before but it’s essentially all you can eat so safe to say, I was stuffed by the end of it!
Sunday train service tends to mean I get their a bit earlier than the others but Amanda found me nipping to Primark on Princes Street so we headed up together.
Fazenda is about a 5-10 minute walk from Waverley Station so not far at all.
It was a bit cold and windy outside so we went in to see if we could get our table a bit early.
The reception staff were lovely but they couldn’t find our names on the list. Our military precision friend, Amie, had booked it so knew there must have been a mistake.
It was all fine in the end though as they had a spare table for us anyway and we were seated.
On first impressions, the restaurant looked dead as nobody was sitting in any of the window tables but going through into what must be the main dining area, it was packed!
We were sat down and given some and got some water for the table. The waitress then explained how it all works.
The premise of a Rodizio it’s that it’s an all you can eat but this isn’t your regular buffet! Oh no! You are given a card – one side red, one side green – and that is the waiter’s signal on whether you want more or not.
There is a more typical buffet style “salad bar” too. Pffft! I thought! I wasn’t going to fill up on boring salad! I was here for meat!
Best salad bar I have ever come across! There was salmon, quails eggs, sushi, sweet potato, sauces, anchovies, salad leaves, cheeses – you name it, it was there!
After our trip to the salad bar, I’d realised my mistake! I’d filled up my plate with sides. I still had all you can eat meat to sample!
Of course we had our cards to green and it wasn’t long before the very handsome waiters were bringing their selections to the table!
You are given a side plate and a pair of tongs so when they slice the meat you can grab it from them so it’s all cut in front of you.
The meat is served medium-rare to rare. I was a bit worried by this as I normally have my meat blue but it was all so tasty!
The highlight of the dishes was definitely the pork. It was served in a honey type sauce and was perfect! The ribeye was also a favourite.
I wasn’t so fussed for the chicken dishes but I find chicken a bit boring if I’m honest and isn’t something I would pick in a restaurant anyway.
I even tried a bit of chicken heart for the first time which was not the best texture! Going on advice from a waiter, we put some lime juice on it and it totally transformed it into something a bit more palatable!
The chips where definitely another highlight – they were seasoned perfectly and very moreish. They were also served Rodizio style so it was at times a fight to get some to our table before the bowl ran out!
The cocktail list is really extensive and it was very hard to choose but I settled on a Caipirinah which is made with cachaça, sugar and lime and tastes very boozy but is really refreshing. A perfect palette cleanser!
Sam was the only one who joined me for an alcoholic drink – the Fazenda – and the other girls settled for non-alcoholic drinks instead which they said were good!
We also opted for pudding, how could we not?! The dessert menu was fairly small but we were all drawn to the mini desserts.
It was a great little selection of bite sized delights! We had a truffle, salted caramel mousse thing, lime cheesecake, a coconut thing and a berry thing. Lovely!
It was definitely a dining experience, that’s for sure! I found it a little stressful at times because if you didn’t turn your card over quick enough the waiters were straight over! Sometimes they came over anyway!
At one point there was three around our table offering their meat to us! (Bet you didn’t think it would take me this long to get to an innuendo! 🤣).
But they were all so lovely, it was hard to say no so I ended up with a plate I couldn’t finish!
The toilets were super posh too! With big Oak doors and millions of sinks with fancy soap! If feels a bit nerve wracking in the cubicle though, it’s like peeing under a spotlight! 🙈
I really enjoyed it the whole experience. The atmosphere was very lively and it was great sitting and chatting with the girls and having a giggle at all the meat puns!
The bill wasn’t too bad for a place on George Street either. Especially an all you can eat place. For my main (which I had loads of), my dessert and a cocktail it came to about £43 with the tip included.
I would definitely like to go back and would recommend it for any meat loving friends too!
Thanks so much for reading, guys! This style of review is a bit different for me so please let me know if you liked it! Like I said, we tend to meet up and try out new places every so often so if it helps you pick your next place to eat, I’d love to share! Let me know in the comments below ⤵️ what your favourite restaurant is and we might try it out next!