The traditional and upscale Brazillian Churrascaria, Fogo de Chão, located in the Westin Copley, has an intimate bar area now offering a small menu of shareable plates. Sweeping wraparound windows that overlook Copley Square and a robust drink menu with Caipirinhas that take me back to Brazil, Bar Fogo was a welcome respite from the ice cold city streets.
The Warm Hearts of Palm and Spinach Dip we started with was excellent, however, I was disappointed with the hard slices of crostini that came with the dip. These crostini also accompanied the Charcuterie Board, which made sense with assorted cheeses, prosciutto, salami and figs. The dip would be much better served with soft pitas or with some bread that wasn't overly crisp. Picanha Sirloin Sliders showcase thinly sliced house specialty picanha steak topped with chimichurri aioli, served on the famous Fogo de Chão pão de queijo bread. This bread, on the other hand, was soft and chewy, sandwiching delicate prime cuts of sirloin. Friends and I also noshed on Crispy Parmesan Polenta Fries with malagueta aioli and Grilled Beef Tenderlion Skewers with chimichurri salsa.
Everyone enjoyed themselves, the appetizers, the cocktails and the wine. Bar Fogo offers a more casual change of pace from the high-energy restaurant; it's a good spot to keep in mind next time you're in the Copley area, or are craving a warm weather inspired Caipirinha! Many Thanks to Fogo de Chão for hosting all of us.
200 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02216