Boa Nova: Meet Rodizio Meat


Boa Nova Rodízio Grill House
6 Charles St. W., Kitchener
Monday-Thursday: 11:30am – 9:00pm
Friday: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Sundays: Brunch 10:00am-2:00pm

My partner came back to KW from a few months of being away, so we scheduled a nice meal at Boa Nova in downtown Kitchener. They specialize in Rodízio, a style of restaurant service in Brazilian and Portuguese restaurants, where rotisserie meat is brought to you and carved at your table. The meat is perfectly cooked, and is always hot, because they bring it goes straight from the grill to your plate, and since each portion is small, the meat doesn’t have a chance to cool down before you eat it. It’s also a buffet style meal, so you get to examine the meat for tastiness before committing to having slices put on your plate. You can also request a small or large portion size from your server. Although it was lunch, and there were only about three tables occupied, we were offered five different meats, which seemed like a good selection. The steak was so delicious, wonderfully seasoned, and so tender. Surprisingly the chicken was also amazing, perfectly cooked and so incredibly moist.

There is also a nice salad bars with seafood, veggies, and of course salads. But we were there for the meat, so I have to admit any vegetable eaten during that meal is now a dim memory. The fantastic finale to the meal (for which my digestive tract was surely grateful) is grilled pineapple brought to your plate still sizzling on the skewer. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. They add cinnamon and brown sugar to make sure it’s the perfect flavour. It’s so juicy and just a tiny bit tanginess and so welcome after shoving as much meat into your body as you possibly can.

All-you-can-eat rotisserie meats and pineapple and veggies comes at a somewhat steep price. $17.99  for Rodízio lunch and $34.99 for Rodízio dinner. They offer the buffet without the meat (i.e. the salad bar), but I don’t see why, this is not a place for vegetarians. It’s a good value if you can pack in a lot of meat. Even if you can’t I’d recommend it, I’d say the food is comparable to restaurants in the area that charge more, and for the novelty of the massive skewers. Also you’ll probably feel like you should give a good tip, since bringing giant skewers, which could impale people, around to every table is probably harder than carrying plates and cups on a tray. Not to disparage regular waiters, but seriously these skewers are quite huge. They also took requests for which skewers to bring, once we had tried everything, something I’m guessing they do when the crowds are slim.

KW-Insider Points: 4/5
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