Rei do Gado is a family owned restaurant that began in 1999 as a Brazilian Churrascaria, serving traditional Brazilian barbecue. The restaurant week menu is the same as the regular menu, but you get to enjoy the numerous options at a greatly reduced price. Lunch is $30, dinner is $40. You start with a visit to the bountiful salad bar that also features an assortment of Brazilian side dishes. Feijoada, a black bean stew, is one of my favorites and theirs is exceptional. You’ll find smoked salmon, Alaskan king crab legs, pão de queijo, Brazilian gluten-free cheese rolls which are absolutely delicious! That’s just scratching the surface. There’s anything you could dream of in a salad bar plus so much more.
Keyslayer provided live music and he was quite good. When Max asked if we wanted dessert, we looked at each other as if to say ‘are you kidding?’, but his powers of persuasion were hard to resist. He brought out pudim, a Brazilian flan garnished with an orchid flower. It was light and mouth-watering. He then brought out crème brûlée, also adorned with an orchid. With a hard shell, it too was delicious and with the 1921 tequila based cordial served in a snifter, it was the perfect ending to an incredible evening. Rei do Gado is at 939 4th Avenue in San Diego, just blocks from the waterfront and convention center.
San Diego Restaurant Week runs September 23 – 30 with more than 100 restaurants to choose from offering special restaurant week menus. We previewed three of them this week, Osteria Panevino, Parc Bistro-Brasserie and Rei do Gado. We had a unique and marvelous experience at each. Do yourself a favor and have lunch or dinner at at least one this week.
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