Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse: Carving a Tableside Experience

by RaeAnne Marsh

The brightly colored painting of a South American urban landscape of houses and rooftops — even more striking within the décor of dark woods and black slate tile floor — welcomes guests to the unique culinary experience created by Galeto founders to celebrate and share their cultural traditions.

The bar area includes a peaceful brick-walled patio, but the main attraction is indubitably in the main dining room.

Is center stage the open kitchen where, behind an expanse of windows, the meats are on full display as they sizzle on their individual spits? Or is it the buffet bar that takes up a significant amount of the room, a beautifully arranged display of tempting cold dishes and accompanying sauces?

The Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse experience is a combination of self-serve buffet and tableside carve-to-order churrasco service. Tableside visits are also made by a rolling cocktail cart that offers, among other selections, Galeto’s signature hand-shaken version of Brazil’s national cocktail, Caipirinha, made with sugar cane rum.

Attired as gauchos, expert carvers bring to each diner a rotation of meats — from lamb and bacon-wrapped chicken to more than a dozen red meat stylings that include garlic sirloin (amazingly tender, and not overly garlicky) and bacon-wrapped filet.

The cold buffet items span salads — such as endive leaves filled with a smooth cheese spread, and cherry tomatoes and cheese balls in a balsamic sauce — to chilled fresh and smoked fish selections to a variety of cheeses. And then there’s an accompanying hot buffet, with lobster bisque, mussels, salmon prepared with clams in a light sauce…

After all-you-can-eat of all that, who could think about dessert? But, yes, there is a dessert menu of signature Brazilian sweets, including Latin American favorite, Tres Leites Cake.

Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse
825 N. 54th St., Chandler

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