Attention all meat-lovers. If you haven’t already, you need to check out Planeta Brazil at 48 Newtown Road in Danbury. Just opened at the end of November, this is a place that will make all your meat-eating dreams come true.
What sets Planeta Brazil apart from other Brazilian restaurants in the area is the tableside service. This is a classic rodizio restaurant, where families and friends can come, sit down, and enjoy not only good food but also the dining experience. The owners wanted to create something not only for their fellow Brazilians to enjoy but also something that introduces the rest of the community to their culture.
In addition to the fixed price all-you-can-eat rodizio, Planeta Brazil’s menu offers appetizers and sandwiches as well as desserts.
At Planeta Brazil, Monday through Wednesday there are six meats available and Thursday through Sunday there are ten meats to sample.
We had top sirloin, beef brisket, chicken breasts wrapped in bacon, chicken wings, spicy pork sausage, and pork ribs. Cooked over charcoal, everything had a wonderful grilled smokiness to the flavor.
And while our focus was on the meat, we did try some of the side dishes. We both had collard greens, rice, beans, and fried plantains. Alicia added on some fried yucca, whereas I went straight for the feijoada. We both liked that the greens still had some firmness to their texture. I loved the smoky flavor to the porky feijoada.
We give Planeta Brazil a big thumbs up. Definitely go check ’em out.
A version of this article first appeared in Renato’s Hat City-centric column published in the Tribuna Newspaper.