rei do gado / downtown san diego
Last week Jake and I went to Rei de Gado for the first day of San Diego Restaurant Week. $20 for lunch, man. I know SDRW is over now (though there is a Week 2 but Rei de Gado isn’t participating) – so take notes for the fall! Update: According to Faye they HAVE extended this for another week. Damn SDRW website lied to me…
Now… onto my picture heavy post.
First up: the Salad Bar which has a lot more than just “salad”.
Fruits, meats, veggie rolls.
Green stuff and toppings for the green stuff.
Various salads, olives, caprese.
Potato salad, mushrooms, pasta salads, etc.
More hot foods and side dishes.
“Today’s Special” was something creamy looking with mushrooms in it. The scallop potatoes totally look like scrambled eggs in this photo.
Bowl full of BACON. Plus soups.
Some included desserts. They also have cakes for dessert – they are on display but I forgot to take a photo of that. Good luck fitting dessert into your stomach.
The items on the list for lunch. The last one, Chicken Hearts, must be requested.
They tried to trick us with this basket of bread. “Fill up on some carbs first, muhahah”. No, thanks. We’re not falling for your tricks, especially not for cold, sliced bread. Pass.
The other trick? Pão de Queijo (Brazilian cheese bread). These are puffy, chewy little suckers and I ate like five of them. I was happy to be tricked with these, which were still warm when a server came by to see if we wanted any. Jake thought they were more like a cream puff than bread. I kind of liked that about them.
The small bit of sides I got, which I ate throughout our meal to break up the “monotony” of meat.
Peru Com Bacon (aka bacon wrapped turkey breast). Slightly dry, not too bad.
Coxa de Frango – chicken thigh with cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Very tender, juicy and a nice amount of melted cheese. One of Jake and I’s favorites.
One of the servers looking coy before he gives us the goods.
Costelinha de Porco or baby back pork ribs.
Linguica – house made spicy pork sausage. Way too charred on one side, I had to cut that part off. Bit spicy, but a little overcooked. Good overall flavor.
Filet Mignon com Bacon – wrapped in applewood smoked bacon. Very tender, though I’m personally not a big fan of filet mignon.
Alcatra – whole top sirloin. Another “a bit too dry” meat.
Lombo – pork tenderloin. Very tender and super flavorful – especially on the outside crust.
Coxao Mole – Top Round (with garlic). Excellent flavor, but very chewy.
Picanha – prime top sirloin. Mouth wateringly tender. A tad salty, but another one of our favorites. Wonderfully juicy and lovely flavor.
Slicing the beef ribs.
My slice of the beef ribs, or Cpstela de Boi. Had some pretty fatty bits, but actually, I liked that.
Now here I skipped a photo because I forgot to take one… when we tried the honey glazed cinnamon pineapple with smoked black forest ham. My least favorite item of the meal. I might have spit it out…
Tri tip or Maminha. Good outside flavor.
Last item we tried… the Rib Eye. Hands down our favorite item of the meal – and the very last meat we tried! Incredibly tender with excellent flavor – cooked to a nice medium. Generous portion, too, not like I could even manage more than two bites.
I nibbled on some desserts during our last few meats. The guava jelly cube was okay. The cookie had a good flavor but was a bit too crunchy for my tastes. The wafer thing was just average.
All in all a really great deal for $20 during Restaurant Week!
I actually used a gift certificate I had received from UTOPIA. Getting gift certificates at a discount from UTOPIA is great since they’re gift certificates – not discount deals – meaning you can use them at any time, even during Restaurant Week, for specials or for happy hour. Be sure to check our the UTOPIA site for some good deals on local restaurants here in San Diego (and Los Angeles).
Rei de Gado
939 4th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary gift certificate to Rei de Gado from UTOPIA. I was not further compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.