Occupying a space at the bottom of Micklegate previously inhabited by Silvano’s, Vaqueiros brings Brazilian Rodizio style eating to York. One of the key parts of the experience is the empowerment bestowed upon you by what resembles a beer matt with different coloured sides. While the servers circulate the room brandishing skewers of meat, you can signify your readiness to ingest more meat by leaving it green side up or your requirements for quiet repose by turning it to show red. A few years ago I loved visiting Fazenda across in Leeds who operate a similar system so grabbed an invite to the opening for Vaqueiros with both hands.
With dinner weighing in at £24.95 per person, there’s pressure to make sure that the quality matches the quantity, but the range of meats circulating is impressive with no fewer than eight different cuts of beef to sample. The sampling we enjoyed this evening also delivered some lovely chorizo sausages circulating along with some rather more challenging chicken hearts, which weren’t to my taste.
The large salad bar gives plenty of scope to break up the meatiness of the experience and gives enough variety to allow vegetarians to attend too, though of course the large wands of meat liberally making their way around the room do suggest it’s not going to be many veggies’ first choice.
When we make it back with a big enough appetite to do the range justice, we’ll post a more detailed review!