This past Saturday night, C & I were lucky enough to get free tickets through his work to Brasil Tropical, a Brazilian show including dinner & drinks located (literally) underneath the Montparnasse tower. I often walk by there and only knew it as a night club, never realizing they also did diner-spectacles as well.
We showed up at 8pm and were directed to a lovely table for two. One of the things that surprised me right away was how intimate the space was. We've been to the Moulin Rouge several times (for free too, thanks to C's previous job), and I never really liked the way we were sort of herded in like cattle. Plus all of the tourists, etc - it's like they are so well-known, they don't even attempt to be nice or accommodating.
-a caipirinha, upon arrival
-entrée (cucumber salad, tabbouleh, & celery & carrot remoulade)
-unlimited meat (there were 5 kinds: sausage, chicken, pork, lamb & beef)
-rice & beans
-a yummy chocolate dessert
-unlimited wine (including a full bottle on the table upon arrival)
The food was good and definitely filling, and once we were done eating, the show began. 90% of it took place in the middle of the tables, which was nice because no matter where you sat, it meant you had a good view. There were five women and three men (plus the "ringleader"), and they did a great job of entertaining us for two hours. The costumes were amazing, and the other thing I really appreciated when compared to the MR was the ambiance. The dancers actually looked like they were having fun and enjoying what they were doing - and really, how could you not with such upbeat Brazilian music playing? The costumes were also varied and beautiful - lots of colorful feathers and sparkles, and maybe a bit more family-friendly than the MR since they weren't topless.
The other big difference I noticed was that all of the attendees were French - there wasn't a tourist in sight, nor any busloads of people filing in. (That did mean the show was 100% in French though).
Once the show was over, you could stay and dance until 1am. C surprised me by wanting to dance, and it was a ton of fun - I guess it really is true that you can't resist the Brazilian beats!
If anyone is interested in checking it out, it looks like billets-reduc.com has reduced prices available- and as a side note, this is a great site for getting cheaper tickets to a lot of different shows, plays & concerts in Paris, and it also has a lot of reviews for the various ticket offerings.