Fogo Brazilia is a relatively new (2012) Brazilian meats joint that has slowly expanded across Sydney. There is one in Bondi, Ryde, Merrylands and now finally in the CBD (Central Park). If you've ever been to a Guzman y Gomez (a Tex-Mex joint that I will cover this in a future blog), think of it as the Brazilian equivalent.
I went into Central Park on a Wednesday night after Anime@UTS's Fun and Games session. Tired of all the food court options on the upper level of the building, I decided to venture down into the open garden area to order myself some Fogo.
Fogo offer a wide range of Brazilian meats, such as skewers of beef, chicken, lamb and prawns, as well as salads and burgers. For my trip to Fogo, I decided to pass on a half chicken (too big!) or any of the mixed meat platters (maybe when I dine in next time and have them with some beers) and decided to take-away a Fogo Roll with Southern Spiced Beef ($12 with fries and drink, else $8.50).
My initial thought was 'hey, this isn't a roll'! Yes, I suppose you do associate the traditional word of 'roll' with the vertical bread that you get at Subway, but this was a minute point. That being said, why market it as a roll when they have a separate burger range? Doesn't really make much sense to me.
Regardless, I first tucked into the fries.
They were nicely seasoned with salt and assorted herbs, and unlike many fries from other places, these actually tasted nice and hand-cut (rather than store bought). Some were more 'mushier' in the inside than others, but expecting that from hand-cut chips - in the end were a delight to eat.
This is the Herb and Chili Mayonnaise sauce that I bought as dipping sauce for the chips ($1). Unfortunately, the sauce did not have as much of a kick from the chili as I expected, but still provided a nice accompaniment to the chips.
... and the king of the meal, the Fogo Roll itself. Inside appears to be a pesto paste, the marinated beef slices itself, lettuce and tomatoes (typical burger accompaniments). The bun was soft and fluffy that melted in your mouth. While I'm pretty sure it's just normal store-bought bread, it was a relief it wasn't anything doughy. The paste accompanied the beef slices very well - the beef succulent and juicy. The vegetables were nothing to wow about, but fortunately did not have that soggy taste that many burger places are guilty of.
In conclusion, I felt that the Fogo Roll meal is definitely worth paying the extra two or three dollars to eat in comparison to the food court rubbish you can get elsewhere. The meal left me quite filled up once I finished with it, which is always a good sign. I will definitely try and come back to try their churrasco options sometime in the near future.
Name Fogo Brazilian Churrasco
Locations Bondi Beach, Top Ryde, Merrylands, Central Park
What do I grab? Fogo Roll with Southern Spiced Beef Meal ($12)