Today I am specially starting a series on Packing my Suitcase, in which every last Friday of the month I will present you a review. These reviews will focus on eating and drinking, as well as on accommodation, not only from places in Munich, but from wherever I travel to.
What could be better than begin the series with the review of a Brazilian restaurant in Munich? Well, on Valentine’s day W took me to a place I have never been to and never heard of before; it was a surprise, which could have gone pretty good or pretty bad. Why? Because in my years of traveling, I have never eaten in a good Brazilian restaurant in Europe.
When I arrived at VIB Grill and Lounge, I had no high expectations, especially when W told me it is a “rodizio” restaurant (an all you can eat steak house). I have to admit two things before I move on, please don’t judge me:
- I was afraid of not liking the restaurant because that would disappoint W.
- At the same time I was wishing deep inside that the restaurant would not be good. Call me crazy, but it is true! I am particularly picky with Brazilian food in other countries, because I always expect it to be the same as back home.
That being said, I now present you VIB Grill and Lounge before you get too curious…
When I arrived I took a look around, and already noticed that they put on their wall pieces of the Copacabana sidewalk. Wait, what? What an idea! I was already smiling and feeling at home.
The restaurant is chic and fancy, and yet with the Brazilian warm welcome. At the sound of Brazilian music, we decided to make the vibe even better by ordering our drinks: I asked for a passion fruit Caipiroska (made with vodka instead of cachaça) and W a traditional Caipirinha.
I honestly thought that my Caipiroska had a bit too much alcohol than I normally like. Though, the Caipirinha was simply perfect, and I am not even a fan of cachaça. Later on, W asked for some real Brazilian beer…
In a rodizio restaurant it works like this: you go to the buffet and serve yourself with whatever you prefer, then you go back to your table, put this little sign on green and wait for the show to begin…
It was exactly like this! At the buffet they had amazing options, and I just couldn’t not put feijoada (black beans) on my plate, which tasted amazing. There were some traditional Brazilian dishes I didn’t even remember existed anymore, boy that made me smile. I just wanted to try them all! And how cute is this decoration with the “baianas”…
At the beginning when people were still arriving, the meat was not coming as often as we expected. However, when the restaurant filled with people from everywhere in the World – yes, really – the show finally began. Churrasco (Brazilian barbecue) was being served… and people just couldn’t stop staring at the waiters with the meat sticks.
They certainly do have the best parts of the cow! I just thought: keep them coming and make me a very happy Brazilian! And they did… So much that at the end I was in a state of emergency – of course I am overreacting, I am Brazilian. Even though I already had changed the colour of my sign to red, I just couldn’t say no to a piece of Picanha to finish the night.
And what a piece of Picanha was that? I looked at W and he knew what my eyes were saying. Though he didn’t expect me to say that that specific piece of Picanha was the best I have ever had in my life. I KID YOU NOT, it was!
What an evening! To my “disappointment”… it was amazing! I am very happy to know that they have “feijoada” on Saturdays with live bands. I am officially a happy Brazilian in Munich.
Ps: I didn’t take as many photos as I wanted, I needed to enjoy my Valentine’s Day with W. Oh, and the meat! Sorry!
Not far from the metro station, easy access and with parking lot.
Very stylish and cozy, with pieces of different regions of Brasil.
I enjoyed the low light, the comfy couches and the decoration on the walls.
Very nice staff, with German and Brazilian waiters.
It took some time to get our drinks and the check, but taking into consideration that it was a very busy Saturday night of a Valentine’s Day… they are forgiven.
What a perfect combination is the one of Brazilians and Germans. They did a great job with the organization.
Great variety of food at the buffet, and I am guessing it changes every night.
There was also food being served on the table, small snacks like french fries, fried bananas and even fried cassava, which I love.
Not to mention variety of meat.
I would put a little bit less alcohol in the Caipiroska.
Even I would order a Caipirinha there!
They have Brazilian beer and great options of Brazilian wine worth tasting.
For the Germans, they also have Hugo and Aperol Spritz!
Great! Totally worth the price.