GAUCHO BRAZILIAN BARBECUE PROVE THEY’RE NO COWBOYS WHEN IT COMES TO GREAT TASTE
As the Brazilians would say, prepare to say delicioso! For those who haven’t yet experienced the insanely-authentic, traditional dining style of Brazil right here in Canmore, you’re in for a true taste sensation.
Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue, named after the ‘Gauchos’ – the highly-respected cowboys of South America – is one of Canmore’s most unique eateries. Here, we find out why.
THE GAUCHO WAY IS THE ONLY WAY AROUND HERE
To visit Gaucho, is not only to eat traditional Brazilian, but to experience traditional Brazilian. The Gaucho way runs through the veins of this Main Street restaurant, thanks to the restaurant’s Founder, Ede Rodrigues – who created Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue from his passion and know-how of the unique ‘churrasco’ taste.
Having trained in Brazil's top barbecue houses, Ede perfected his churrasco BBQ craft and mastered traditional South American flavours, before bringing that taste here to Canada with the opening of his first Brazilian restaurant in 2007. Within the restaurant décor, the style of serving, and the way the meat cuts are prepared, marinated and cooked, Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue is bona fide Brazilian at its best.
THE GAUCHO SECRET IS THE ROTISSERIE
The signature BBQ taste of Gaucho is partly down to cooking the fresh meat cuts on the rotisserie grill, in the traditional Brazilian way. Fun fact: As the Gauchos were typically on the move across South America’s grasslands, they often cooked their meals on an open-fire - in the spit-roasting style - which is where the traditional Gaucho BBQ technique derives from.
THE COOKS COME TO YOU, SERVING FRESHLY-GRILLED CUTS TABLESIDE
Unlike other restaurants, at Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue, your cook will serve a delicious, freshly-cooked meat feast directly to you from the kitchen - tableside. Known as ‘Rodizio dining’, all of the Gaucho cooks clean the meat, trim it, skewer it, make the marinades from scratch, marinade the meat, cook, and then serve. The cooks have huge churrasco-style skewers of the tender cuts of the day, slicing the meaty goodness straight onto the plates of hungry diners.
...AND THEY’RE DRESSED THE PART, SPORTING TRADITIONAL GAUCHO UNIFORM
Black, wide-rim hat – check. Red neckerchief – check. Bombachas de campo (traditional riding pants) – check. Heavy belt with polished metal buckles – check. Expect all of the cooks at Gaucho to be immaculately presented in the traditional Gaucho style.
THE MOST POPULAR MENU ITEM IS A TENDER ALBERTAN-RAISED, CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF RUMP STEAK
The ‘Picanha’ is Gaucho’s #1 BBQ serving, in terms of diner popularity. According to Restaurant Manager Darren Keane, the Picanha isn’t going anywhere it terms of being the firm favourite.
Other melt-in-your-mouth meats you can expect to be served while you’re in the company of the Gaucho cooks are: ‘Alcatra’, a garlic top sirloin; the ‘Peito Apimentado com Alho’, a spicy garlic brisket; the ‘Lombinho’, a rosemary pork loin; the ‘Linguiça’, a traditional Brazilian sausage made especially for Gaucho by Calgary’s Spolumbo’s; ‘Asa de Frango’, beer & herb chicken wings; ‘Beef Parmegiano’, a parmesan beef; ‘Costela de Boi’, a certified Angus beef rib; ‘Frango com Bacon’, chicken wrapped in bacon; ‘Coração de Frango’, chicken hearts; and ‘Carneiro’, a honey mustard lamb.
GAUCHO TASTES ARE MOSTLY FROM THE LAND (BUT THERE’S A LITTLE FROM THE OCEAN TOO)
Although a meat smorgasbord is Gaucho’s speciality, for those that enjoy a little seafood with their BBQ, there is the ‘Camarão Assado’ option, a skewer of heavenly barbecued prawns marinated with white wine and cilantro (highly recommended).
EVEN THE COCKTAILS HAVE A TRADITIONAL BRAZILIAN FLAIR
To keep to the authenticity of the Brazilian dining experience, make sure you order (at least) one of Gaucho’s ‘Famous Caipirinhas’. This is as real deal as it gets when it comes to what the Brazilians like to sip on – and we know you won’t be disappointed. This one does have a kick and is known for its punchy flavour. Fresh limes are hand-muddled and shaken with cachaça (a sugarcane liquor) and more sugar, before being served in a short glass over ice. Enjoy it the Brazilian way (naturally) by asking for it as an aperitif [the Brazilians swear by it to “open the stomach” before dinner].
AND FINALLY, REMEMBER THAT CHURROS ARE ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA
For the perfect little bite of sweetness after a feast to satisfy even the most carnivorous of diners, churros are the answer. Share these little pieces of pastry goodness filled with chocolate and doce de leite sauce (and served warm). Yep, divine.
Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue's Canmore Uncorked set-price menu [featuring the Rodizio BBQ experience, and refreshing Caipirinha], priced at $49 per person until May 13.