I loved Churrascaria Plataforma ever since I first tried it in NYC. The concept of Brazilian BBQ was totally new to me, but I loved the whole all you can eat variety of grilled proteins (sausages, chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, etc) and the robust, fresh salad bar. I’ve tried different churrascarias in Aruba and Irvine, but none of them have really compared to NYC. Obviously, I was curious to check out the SF one, Espetus, although I had very little expectation that it would be as good as the one in NYC.
The restaurant is located around the Tenderloin/Civic Center area of town. So it’s not the nicest area, but the restaurant itself is rather spacious. We made reservations, but we probably didn’t need it that night, since it wasn’t particularly busy.
The salad bar was actually kind of sad. It didn’t have the variety nor the freshness of most of the places I had been to. The hot foods were even less appetizing. I heard the paella was supposed to be the best thing on the buffet line. Unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed with what they served. It was way too watery and the seafood was not good. Some of it was a little bit dried out. Sadly, the rice was not paella-like at all. I can’t even remember what else was in the hot buffet line, but it was so not memorable.
Salad bar and hot buffet aside, I was hoping that the bbq meat would not disappoint. I can’t really remember the individual types of meat, but I did like the flank steak, pork sausages, and shrimps. Generally, it was pretty good grillin’. I can’t really complain, but somehow it just didn’t seem as good as other Brazilian BBQs. In the end, I just felt really unsatisfied and slightly cheated. You spend so much money (because it’s about $50), somehow you feel like you didn’t get your money’s worth. 😦
PAFO Ratings for Espetus:
Price 4 ½ stars
Ambiance 3 stars
Food 3 stars
Overall rating 3 stars