Churrascaria Que Bom! シュハスカリア キ・ボン！
Que Bom is a Brazilian churrascaria restaurant in the Asakusa district of Tokyo. (Que Bom literally means “How Good!” in Portuguese. However, it is probably more naturally rendered in English as something like “Thumbs Up” or “Superb” or “Top Rate.”) The shop front, on a backstreet corner, is deceptively small. But go downstairs and you’re in quite a spacious eatery that seats up to 60 guests, and also has a separate bar area. Our party was a large one: about 15 people. The restaurant is plenty spacious enough to cater to groups this large without cramping.
Que Bom serves its Brazilian cuisine buffet-style and, at lunchtime on weekends, 11:30am to 3pm, charges for it by weight. There are dozens of dishes to choose from, and a waiter stationed there who carves your choice of churrasco (Brazilian barbecue) meat for you. You then take your laden plate to the scales, where the weight is recorded on your bill.
But dining at Que Bom isn’t all about meat, though. In fact, those dozens of platters to serve yourself from are mainly vegetable. For this is home-style cooking, with fairly straightforward flavors. However, the preparation and seasoning is clearly undertaken with culinary care, characterized by respect for the natural flavors of the ingredients.
Among the food served are offerings that are somewhat rare in Japan. And this includes one of my favorites: beetroot (beterrabe in Portuguese). For some reason beetroot is not a vegetable of choice in Japan and is almost impossible to find. Furthermore, I have lived in Japan for almost 30 years, mostly without beetroot. As a result, this personal beetroot famine has given the humble vege a “taste of home” aura like few others. I dug in!
The drinks menu includes both Brazilian and Japanese beers. As noted above, there is a separate bar area with a large array of alcoholic beverages. So, be sure to try one of their many Brazilian cocktails. As a fan of coconut, I had to try the delicious Batida de Coco.
In spite of having helped myself to a moderately large portion, my meal (besides drinks) came to just over 1,000 yen – making dining at Que Bom a very reasonable deal.
Que Bom draws as many, if not more, Japanese customers as it does Brazilians in Japan.
Weekly special themes and offers
Tuesday evening, from 7:45 to 10:30, at Que Bom is Batuque Na Cozinha Night, with live samba. Also, Wednesday and Thursday at Que Bom is Ladies’ Day, with two hours of all-you-can-drink for 1,500 yen. And it comes with the option, too, of all-you-can-eat for an extra 2,700 yen.
Que Bom is open every day of the week, 5pm – 11pm Monday to Saturday, 5pm – 10pm Sundays and public holidays. Also open for lunch on weekends 11:30am to 3pm.
Last churrasco orders Monday-Friday are 10pm, last buffet orders 10:30pm.
Last orders on Sunday and public holidays are at 9pm,.
Credit cards are accepted. Basically Que Bom is non-smoking.
B1 Floor, Nikko Building, 2-15-12 Nishi-Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03 5826 1538