Thursday, July 2, 2015

Texas de Brazil

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There is a new Brazilian steakhouse in the Mount Vernon Triangle/Chinatown area of town called Texas de Brazil.  This award-winning churrascaria is located in an 8,700 square foot restaurant that features a chef's table, a private dining room, a signature wine wall and a bar/lounge area called Beijos. The space accommodates 280 guests inside and also offers outdoor patio dining. The restaurant’s menu combines the cuisine of Southern Brazil with the generous spirit of Texas, for a dining experience unmatched anywhere else. Closest Metro is Gallery Place-Chinatown.


 We were invited to check out the new Texas de Brazil, and of course we were happy to oblige.  When we arrived, we were first seated and offered a beverage while the staff explained the dining experience.  I decided to try the traditional caipirinha.  It was tart, sweet, and very refreshing.  Texas de Brazil also features an extensive award-winning wine list, rich in South American varietals, so Keith chose a glass of the house cabernet sauvignon.


Then, we helped ourselves to the elaborate salad area, beautifully decorated by large tropical flowers and featuring 50 fresh gourmet items, such as imported cheeses, charcuterie, Brazilian black beans, roasted vegetables and creamy lobster bisque.  I made a small plate, knowing ahead of time that I needed to pace myself.


At each table, Gauchos will carve an array of grilled meats, as directed by the guest’s red and green disks that indicate when to bring more meat or when a break is needed.  Keith's favorite steak by far was the signature Picanh- a prime cut of top sirloin. The picanha cut is very popular in the churrascarias of Southern Brazil, and here the meat is prepared two different ways: with a traditional light seasoning, and a more robust garlic seasoned version.  He also enjoyed other cuts of beef, lamb, pork, and chicken.  He recommends you avoid the very outer cuts of the meat, as they tend to be most salty.  But the gauchos will try to accommodate your specific requests.  Keith also enjoyed the accompanying sauces like chimichurri and salsa.


The meal includes limitless service of traditional Brazilian side dishes, including: pão de queijo (warm cheese bread), garlic mashed potatoes and caramelized bananas.


Lastly, we ended the meal with dessert.  After clearing our plates, a platter of the night's options were presented. We chose the Chocolate Mousse Cake.  The sweet cream layer was very sweet, and paired well with a small glass of liqueur made from macerated açai, a Brazilian berry.



Texas de Brazil is open for dinner nightly and will soon be featuring lunch hours. The dining prices are $46.99 for a Regular Dinner, which includes the meat service and salad area, and $24.99 for Salad Area Only Dinner (prices exclude beverages and dessert).  If you love meat and your stomach is up to the challenge, Texas de Brazil can be a value.  Also check out the Happy Hour at Beijos Bar from 4:30pm-7:00pm with drink specials starting at only $3.

Total Rating: 4
Food: 4, Price: 3.5, Service: 4.5, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 5

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