Address: 180 North University Avenue, Suite 150, Provo, UT 84601. 801.344.5555.
Review: Brazilian food is a big thing in Utah. This is unsurprising since at least 97% of Utahns have served their LDS missions in Brazil. And king of the Brazilian food concepts is the churrascaria, or steakhouse (think Rodizio Grill or Tucanos). Not wanting to compete directly with the aforementioned churrascaria juggernauts, Braza Express tweaks the Brazilian steakhouse idea and creates an almost a quick-eating experience.
I ordered the combo plate.
It came with a choice of pretty much everything Braza makes. I chose black beans and chicken rice, top sirloin, tenderloin, chicken, sausage and peppers, fried bananas, grilled pineapple, and a cabbage salad. To drink I had a cashew juice.
Let's start with the most enjoyable parts of the meal. The black beans and chicken rice were pretty stellar. Brazilian black beans have that great sort of beans and ham hocks feel to them, and Braza's were the real deal. Likewise, the chicken rice was the right combination of white rice studded with little savory chicken bits. And then there was the cashew drink. I've never had anything of the sort before, and it was quite enjoyable. The cashew essence came through, and the hint of citrus lightened the drink. Very refreshing.
And then there was everything else. The meats were nothing more than okay. For example, the tenderloin was perfectly cooked, and incredibly salty. I'm talkin' it made me pucker salty. The other meats weren't as salty, but they weren't as well cooked either. The fried bananas were dry. The grilled pineapple lacked that nice grilled flavor you'd expect from well, the grill. It tasted like heated through pineapple. Meh. The cabbage salad was unremarkable, and the roll was a standard hard white roll.
In all, some very good, most not very good. I won't be frequenting again.
Rating: 4/10 (5/10 is average)