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Chima - 19th & JFK


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Chima - 19th & JFK

cheflynnie | | Jun 18, 2008 08:45 AM

I went to Chima (Brazilian Steakhouse) now open at 19th & JFK Blvd. last night, and I wasn't impressed. While the atmosphere was very nice, I can say the food was definitely not as good. The beef all tasted the same, and I thought it was predominently bland. They had a big salad bar with some very nice items. They also brought to the table some small dishes to nibble on (pork and turkey meatballs, cheese puffs, polenta fries, fried plantains, etc.) - all were somewhat tasty. Having never been to a Brazilian restaurant before, I couldn't get used to all the "gouchos" (servers?) walking around constantly looking at your table to see if your disk was turned (orange means "bring food", black means "go away").

My biggest disappointment was how the coupon that I had received (Buy 1 Get 1 Free) was handled. Tax was calculated at the higher price ($48.50 pp!), and then an automatic 18% gratuity was added to our bill, again based on the full price ($97). When I inquired as to why gratuity was added, I was told it was because I used a coupon. I don't recall seeing any mention to gratuity being added to the bill on the coupon, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. Certainly, they wouldn't add gratuity without telling me, now would they? (said with a hint of sacrasm in my voice).

Even at half price - dinner still cost me and my co-worker $35 each, which is a lot of money. I certainly wouldn't pay full price, that's for sure!

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