Since the South American influenced restaurant opened it’s first venue north of the border earlier this year, we have been dying to dine there ourselves and see what all the fuss was about…
Not your usual ‘All you can Eat’
I have to be honest, initially I was a bit skeptical of just how good an all you can eat Argentinian/Brazilian restaurant could be. First of all, excuse the awful generalisation but the origins of this restaurant did remind me (before our visit) of that scene in ‘Bridesmaids’… I was also unsure of how the bottomless aspect would work, as I’ve never really been a fan of traditional buffets where food is left out for hours and at £35/head I was hopeful it wouldn’t be reminiscent of Edinburgh’s most popular buffet restaurant, Cosmo’s.
Thankfully, upon arrival all of these doubts were put to rest when our lovely server explained the menu and how the restaurant works. We were firstly surprised by the sheer size of this restaurant as well as the gorgeous bar area and the decor in general.
All the salads, nibbles, sides, and sauces were to be found at this lovely buffet. Diners are invited to go up as many times as they like and we were certainly spoiled for choice. My favourite items were the Duck Tabbouleh Salad, Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers and the Coleslaw that had a South American twist.
The Main Event
All diners are given a token (see above) which determines whether meats are offered to you or not, and at what temperature. What I loved about this was we each only had to give our preference once at the beginning of the meal, and this was taken on board for the rest of the night. After we had tried everything were even asked which cut was our favourite so that it could be prepared for us, which was a really nice touch.
There really wasn’t a single meat that I didn’t enjoy, but the favourites around the table were the fillet mignon, chicken wrapped in bacon and the lamb which was so succulent. The food was something to write home about but what was more memorable for me was the experience on the whole and how the waiting staff enhanced it. It’s no doubt that Fazenda were named one of the top 6 best places to work in hospitality by The Caterer only last week!
Yes, even I am a little surprised we managed to share this dessert between us after eating to such excess– although dessert does go to the heart, right?
We chose the beautiful Caipirinha Cheesecake (lime and cachaça) with crumble, caipirinha coulis and freshly grated lime. In the end, this was the perfect way to finish the meal and was so light it went down a treat.
As we found that we’d been so carried away by all the food on offer that we’d neglected to try any cocktails, we each ordered one to rectify this. It goes without saying these were all completely delicious and we’d definitely return for the cocktails alone.
Overall, we loved our meal at Fazenda. At £35 we think the food was terrific value for money, however the drinks seemed to come in on the pricier side at £5.50 for a pint of Estrella. That being said we found the service unbeatable and the atmosphere spot on. We can’t wait to come back!
Food – 10/10
Atmosphere – 10/10
Service – 10/10
Value – 9/10
Ambience – Modern interiors with subtle hints to South America; industrial ceiling space, ambient lighting with plenty of candles and native music.
102 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DF
Phone: 0131 2151234