8/19/02 - The Daily News yesterday had a review of such a restaurant in Brazil. See u.dailynews.com/TRAVEL/articles/0802/11/brazil.asp. Note their description: "The juice filled my plate." My description could read, "The 'sawdust' from the dried-out and overcooked meats filled my plate."
7/10/02 update. The meats - They start by serving the cheap chicken and sausage to fill you up. As is my 'buffet style', I asked for just a taste, explaining I didn't want to fill up or waste it. The waiter wouldn't do it. I almost left but went to get the manager who did give me just a taste of everything. Strange - I later found a sign on the table that states you'll be charged extra for wasting food - actually a good idea. I tasted my way through these lunch items; all items were cooked very welldone so I won't even comment on that: tri tip - ok, sirloin - don't remember/dinner only?, skirt steak - poor/tasted like liver, turkey wrapped in bacon - salty/bacon uncooked, chicken thigh - ordinary, pork loin - salty/almost ok, sausage - salty, lamb - fair, shish-ka-bob - bland beef. Not on their 'menu' was garlic beef which was fair (this could have been the sirloin, above). Some 'menu' items are for dinner only such as beef ribs, tender loin, pork spare ribs, and chicken hearts. So, after I tasted all the lunch items, I asked if I could get the 'better' items cooked rare or medium rare. They 'tried' and they warned me it might be undercooked, but the best they could do was about medium well.
The buffet is just several ordinary salads, whatever, and an ordinary hot item or two which looked Mexican. And, they automatically add a 15% tip to your bill.