What makes this a steakhouse?

Ryan and I have walked by this steakhouse so many times.  He was always curious, but we never went in.  Being a vegetarian, I am not too into steakhouses, but I know I can usually find fish on the menu, especially when this place is only a few steps from the ocean.  There are many places that serve steak on the island, but I wanted to know what makes this restaurant call itself a steakhouse.  Let’s find out…
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Welcome to Marcelino’s Steakhouse.

It looks really cute inside.
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Step #1 for a steak house would be to offer a variety of steaks.  I love that this menu came in Portuguese, English (with a British flag mind you!), and German.
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While we were waiting to order, I spotted some local Azorean pineapples.  They are much smaller than Hawaiian pineapples.  I knew this meant there would be pineapple on the menu for dessert.
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Out came the goat cheese.
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Bread, too.
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Then it was time for the main event.  If meat freaks you out, SKIP this section.  I had to take pictures of this, despite being grossed out over the meat.  Ryan’s steak au pov was prepared table side.
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First came the butter.
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Then some flame and a little, ok, a lot of pepper.
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I apologize for the blur, but I think this waitress was not used to people taking pictures while she cooks, so I was trying to stay out of her way and let her do her thing.
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There we have the steak.
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Next came the sauce.  I think she melted down fat, actual lard.  
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Then the steak went back in and more pepper followed.
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Here it is, ta da!  I am guessing this is what made this an actual steak house.
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It came with rice, potatoes, and veggies.
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I love how the side dish plate matches up to the round dinner plates.
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I was correct about my choices.  The fish I wanted, which was grouper, they did not have.  Instead, I went with the abrotea, which almost always comes fried, lightly, and it is very good.  I like this because it is easily portioned for me.  I always take the second filet home with me.
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Nice and golden!
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Look at this cute and funny looking fork.
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To end the meal, we ordered some meia de leites.
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Then, we could not resist the pineapple flambé.  I was shocked by the 7 euro price, but then Ryan reminded me of this:
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The extra cost is of course due to the shots of alcohol added to the pineapple.  So, we ordered 1 to share.  This is fresh Azorean pineapple.
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After the alcohol went in, she put in orange peel and grated it with a fork for added flavor.
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To me, this looks like the lava inside of a volcano.
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Here we go!  It was delicious.  I admit, it costs to much, but you don’t get these experiences handed to you often, so I am happy to splurge a little while I have the chance.
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So, there you have it, an Azorean steakhouse.

QUESTIONS:  What is your favorite way to eat steak?  If you are a vegetarian, totally disregard my disgusting question!  Have you ever had your food, steak or other, prepared tableside?

8 comments:

Gina; The Candid RD said...

I love that you guys always get a little cappucchino after your meals! nick is so not into that, and to be honest it's not something that most restaurants around here really push. I love it though.

Glad you both enjoyed your meals! I love grouper too :) But abrotea sounds nice too....although I've never heard of it!!

Beth said...

I have never been to a restaurant where they prepare your steak tableside (and we've been to some fancy steakhouses since Noel can only eat steak out of the house and I've discovered they usually have a good if not great--see the halibut I had in florida--non steak options). How AWESOME!

Mer said...

no steak for me but that goat cheese looks delish!!

Nicole, RD said...

I am always SO jealous of the amazing places you eat at! I always leave your posts STARVING!!!

I like steak, but it has to be REALLY lean and cooked REALLY well. I know, I'm not a true beef eater, but that's how I like it best!

Judy said...

Interesting post, great pics. I'm a carnivore who wishes she could be vegetarian, but is hopeless. Love my steak grilled with just salt & pepper, but it has to be aged beef.

Mari said...

I love that even though you don't eat meat, you still go to these places to make your husband happy =) you are a good wife!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

Lovely goat cheese! :) I know I've said this before, but I think I'd have a hard time ever getting to the main course if I lived where you are... ;)

I'm sure I had food prepared tableside before, but I can't remember when and where... Must have been a long time ago! Or I'm just getting old and forgetful!

I'd love a pineapple flambe right now...

Ameena said...

My husband would be ALL OVER THIS! He loves steak and having it cooked tableside is basically his dream come true.

I am personally loving those potatoes!

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