Copacabana - A Brazilian steak house in Korea
If you’re tired of eating out and going home hungry after spending a lot of money on fru fru meals, it’s time to try Copacabana. The prices are reasonable, and you’re guaranteed to leave satisfied.
Copacabana is a Brazilian barbeque restaurant. Brazilian barbeque is, simply put, a meat lover’s paradise. Different kinds of grilled meats such as beef, pork, bacon and sausage are brought to your table one at a time throughout the course of your meal, and the server artfully slices pieces of meat off the skewer onto your plate until you give him the nod to go away, which, trust me, isn’t easy. All the meats served at Copacabana are carefully selected by the owners – the meat they serve in the restaurant is the meat they themselves like to eat. For just 29,000 won per person, you get all the meat you can eat. Imagine that – all the meat you can possibly eat. Not just a meager slice of one kind of meat on your plate – all you can eat of a variety of deliciously grilled meats. I know some people who would say that’s pretty close to heaven.
Maria, one of the owners, said that some customers have been a little surprised by the amount of meat served at Copacabana. She wants people to know that Brazilian barbeque style is about enjoying a little bit of many different kinds of meat over a leisurely meal.
As much as you might want to, you can’t live on meat alone, so to balance out your meal, there is a side table full of salads and some hot dishes such as beef stroganoff and beans. The items on the buffet table change periodically, and Maria does her best to honor requests from customers who miss particular Brazilian dishes. In the spirit of Copacabana, all the items on the buffet bar are included in the 29,000 won price and are also all-youcan- eat.
No matter how full you are, you’ve got to have the dessert. That’s because it’s on fire. Well, briefly, but anyway, how can you pass up a dessert that is flambéed right before your very eyes? This opportunity doesn’t come often. Try the banana flambada – not only for the entertainment value, but also for the great taste.
Don’t go to Copacabana without trying a caipirinha, the traditional Brazilian cocktail. It packs a punch, but goes perfectly with the meat. For those a bit faint of heart there is also a variety of soft drinks, juices, beer and wine to choose from.
Copacabana is bright, cheerful and comfortable. You’ll feel so cozy, in fact, that you won’t feel like you’re in a restaurant – you feel like you’ve been invited to Maria’s home for a meal. Copacabana is the perfect place for dinner with family, friends or colleagues. It’s also a great date place as long as your date isn’t a vegetarian.
How to get there: From Itaewon Station, take exit 1. Turn right in the alley past Kentucky Fried Chicken. Turn left past The Naked Grill. Go straight. You’ll see Copacabana in a bright yellow and green sign on your left.
Business hours: Copacabana is open Tuesday through Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. and from 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on weekends. Copacabana is closed on Mondays. For reservations, call 02-796- 1660.
Check out the Copacabana website at www. copacabanagrill.kr.