Hadn't been to Brasa in a while and wanted to take my friend there for a taste of Brasil.He had recently met up with me on a Sao Paulo and Rio run and is a Brasil convert.We had escaped going to Gaucho's Village for a tourist night for some out of towners, and were rewarded for this mishap.
Brasa has trimmed down their menu a little, tightened up the meat selections from 9 to 8 and dropped their already low price to around $17 a person for churrasco and salad bar.They are now the best churrascaria pound for pound, they were already,and the most inexpensive churrasco in LA.
We picked up a 6 pack of Brahma at El Camaguey Market, just a little west of Clarington, past the Brazilian Mall and Cafe Brazil since Brasa serves no alcohol.With Brazilian beer in hand we headed to Brasa for some serious carne.
Salad Bar:A small selection of hot and cold traditional Brazilian salad bar dishes such as hearts of palm(palmitos), vinagrete, marinated tomatoes, potato salad(maionese),tabouleh(lots of Lebanese in Brasil), black beans(feijao), garlic rice(arroz),sweet bananas, roasted yucca flour(farofa),chicken stroganoff(strogonafe de frango), fried polenta(mandioca frita), and a few other classics.I avoided the pao de queijo(cheese bread) because I remember it being my least favorite item from the salad bar on my last visit, too hard.Everything was delicious, a put a smile on both of our faces.The salad bar is outstanding.
Churrasco: At $17 a head you are not going to get the stampede of high cuts like you will get at Fogo de Chao such as picanha,alcatra, and fraldinha; it's not economically possible, especially without the alcohol markup. Brasa offers frango com bacon(bacon wrapped chicken),cordeiro(lamb),tri tip, picanha(sirloin cap),herbed chicken, garlic beef,linguica(Brazilian sausage),and lomo de porco(pork loin).Sometimes they will have another cut like alcatra(top sirloin) which they had last night.Their picanha is smaller than most churrascarias and only comes around once or twice, but is absolutely delicious.The bulk of your churrasco at Brasa will come from the fluff, and a very tender and tasty tri tip.That being said the bacon wrapped chicken, lamb,linguica,tri-tip, and garlic beef were all authentic Brazilian churrasco flavors.The rock salt and garlic madness of southern Brasil.I wouldn't have the pork, strange tasting, or the herbed chicken here.Brasa gets high marks on 6 of 8 cuts.The great thing about Brasa was at $17 bucks, I was able to enjoy their simpler offerings and I didn't feel like I needed to stuff myself. At Fogo, I always hold out for the fraldinha, alcatra, picanha, filet mignon, and ancho skipping the fluff and linguicas, which my Brasileira wife taught me to avoid in Brasil because the churrascarias try to fill you up with the sausages and other inexpensive meats.And, I end up eating like I will never eat again at FC's price, swallowing whole caps of sirloin like a maniac.
Brasa is a small strip mall restaurant that has a nice decor, a Brasileiro staff, a plus, and offers great churrasco at a more than reasonable price.The bill was $36 for my friend and I.Alex the carioca churrasqueiro was cool and slipped us a little extra picanha after a little bit of Portuguese conversation, and the waitress was a Bahiana with a great sense of humor.I'm coming back soon, perhaps this weekend, and it's off to Fogo de Chao next Tuesday.Tudo joia! Beleza!
Brasa Brasil Grill
10022 Venice Bl