Sunday, January 14, 2018

Chima Steakhouse

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Chima Steakhouse named after chimarrao, a traditional drink of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, that symbolizes hospitality and friendship, brings a unique style of service to Tysons Corner called "rodizio" which means rotation. We were invited in to try this special Brazilian dining experience.

Legend has it that in South Brazil traditional gauchos (cowboys) would consume a diet that consisted almost entirely of beef. The meat was seasoned, placed on skewers, and slow cooked over a wood burning flame. Behind a glass window at Chima, one can see the gauchos preparing the meats.  Historically, gauchos were known for their generosity and hospitality. At Chima, gauchos roam the dining room continuously offering exquisite churrasco of over 16 rotisserie meats including top sirloin, filet, ribs, lamb, pork, chicken, sausage and fish for $55.90.  The vegetarian option includes salad bar and salmon only for $34.90.

After being seated, we hit up Chima's sumptuous salad bar that blends Brazilian and American favorites from salads, cold cuts, cheeses, soup and traditional Brazilian hot dishes. I enjoyed the fresh salads and hot rice, while Keith enjoyed the Seafood Salad with shrimp, calamari, scallops, grape tomatoes, cilantro, and a dressing of lime and extra virgin olive oil.

On your table, you are also presented with complimentary sides such as mashed potatoes, yucca fries, fried bananas, minced meat fritters, and my favorite - Pão de Queijo, cheese bread made from tapioca flour. The gauchos came by the tables frequently and were happy to fetch any particular cut you may be interested in.  Keith enjoyed the Certified Angus Beef Picanha - a prime cut of the top sirloin, the Baby Top Sirloin - a delightful Brazilian specialty cut served with garlic sauce, and the Filet Mignon - slow roasted tender and lean tenderloin.  The only protein option I had was the Salmon which was cooked to perfection and quite flavorful.

Though it is easy to fill up and all the glorious meats, I knew to save room for dessert.   We shared the Brazilian Trio with walnut cream, beijinho (coconut and condensed milk), and brigadeiro (chocolate and condensed milk).  It was incredibly sweet and decadent.

We also shared a slice of NY style Cheesecake served with fresh berries.  We didn't need this second dessert, as we were incredibly full, but it was too pretty to pass up.

All in all, Chima is a great place for meat lovers and a fun place for celebrations. We saw several groups celebrating birthdays, as well as big families with children.  The ambience is loud and boisterous, which naturally lends itself to those kind of occasions.  Chima also offers a selection of great wines and champagnes from across the world and a full liquor bar. Complimentary Valet parking is available during dinner service.

Total Rating: 3.98
Food: 4, Price: 4, Service: 4.5, Ambience: 3.5, Accessibility: 3.5

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