I’m a carnivore at heart. I love getting back to my primal roots and indulging in feasts of heaping meat. This is why I love these Brazilian steakhouse/churrascaria’s that keep popping up all over Houston. It was over the summer when I first experienced Fogo de Chao. Impressed. My eyes were as big as dinner plates when I saw the meat just strolling around the room. After I heard about Chama Gaucha from Ameer, I decided to have my own look and found it to be an excellent place. I went last week to treat a friend to a delicious birthday lunch.
Chama Gaucha is located on Fountainview and Westheimer, right on the corner. I somehow missed it the first time I went down Westheimer even though there’s a HUGE sign. The parking lot is huge so no need for valet but if you really want valet, it’s there.
The interior is very fancy. There are mirrors on the wall, lights in all the corners and white table linen. It’s very dim but not enough that you can’t see what you’re eating. There were a few semi-private rooms towards one side of the wall. There was also a fully stocked bar with a fantastic wine selection. Very impressed. Although there was soft music and a very romantic vibe to the place, it was mostly filled with distinguished looked businessmen who had just stepped out for a bite.
The service was fantastic. The waitstaff caters to your needs and are around to help you whenever needed. The meat was brought around quickly, never much of a wait. The only odd thing about the place was that everyone seemed to be in a rush. They were practically speed walking all over the place and it wasn’t even that crowded. Not really a negative point but it was worth mentioning.
I gave Fogo about a million gold stars for food and presentation style. Chama Gaucha gets pretty much the same. They have nine cuts of meat which are equally amazing. All of my favorites were of the beef variety. Each piece had so much flavor while being tender at the same time. I’m not much of a chicken-type person so I can’t comment much on those dishes. Favorite dish of the night goes to the Garlic Beef that was EXQUISITE. At this point, I have a hard time doing descriptions because these were just DAMN GOOD PIECES OF MEAT. You can’t get more in depth than that.
As usual, they bring out a plate of fried bananas, fried polenta and mashed potatoes. AND THE CHEESY BREAD. Be on the lookout for a post about cheesy bread. I am going to make it because it is just that good. All the sides were tasty.
The salad bar had the makings for a salad, some cheeses and meats and some pastas. It wasn’t as expansive as the one at Fogo but if you’re coming here for the salad bar, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG.
So Chama Gaucha is almost TEN BUCKS less than Fogo. Lunch was around $23 while Dinner sits around $33ish. Totally worth it. This does not include drinks, dessert and coffee. While it’s easy to rack up quite a bill, it’s again, totally worth it.
GO HERE. It’s great, not as expensive and very beautiful. If you’re looking for a date spot, this is it. Just make sure they like MEAT because this place is all about it. They take their meat very seriously. I’ll be back again. And again.