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Fogo do Chao, Bev. Hills--review

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Fogo do Chao, Bev. Hills--review

Cumin Being | May 29, 2006 12:35 PM

Went there last night. I hate to say it, but it was pretty good. "Hate" because, in my semi-oldish age, I just don't have the ravenous appetite that would justify spending $52 for the prix-fixe deal of the usual Brazilian charruscaria, or however you spell it.

But the room was handsome, the service was omnipresent (it has to be--they keep bringing various broiled steak, lamb, chicken, sausages, etc. to your table), and the salad bar was good without being so overwhelming that you fill up on that before the main course.

They give you a little cardboard disk, green on one side and red on the other. Leave the green facing up and they keep bringing a series of skewers of top round, bottom round, filet, chicken sausage, lamb chops, roast pork, etc. Turn the red facing up and they bring it less, but still will ask if you're interested.

The meats were sublime and perfectly cooked. Even the sides--mashed potatoes, plantains, etc.--were good. If you go, remember to get "farofa," which in other places can taste like sawdust but here had a great toasty crunch. Just sprinkle it on everything.

The beers they recited were all the usual boring American ones except Xingu, a dark Brazilian beer I'd never had. It was great, and really complimented all the meats.

Thus: not cheap, but if you like meat, it's heaven.

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