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Chima Brazilian Steakhouse -- RW

Indy 67 | Jan 14, 2008 05:59 PM

We're remodeling our kitchen and, for more weeks than I care to count, we've been eating dinner out almost every night. For those of you who've never done this, it gets really old really fast. Since we'll be going out every night, our goals for Restaurant Week were different than usual. Mid-week, our main goal is to stay close to home. Tonight, we ate at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse for the first time at any price. The evening was a success.

Chima's RW deal isn't the standard three-course deal that includes appetizer, entree, and dessert. Chima offers its standard meal of salad bar, hot food station choices, and all the meat you can eat for the RW price. Stand-outs among the salad bar included the marinated beets, the grilled/marinated eggplant, and the endive leaves stuffed with chopped endive and blue cheese.

We didn't eat anything from the hot food station, but I noticed signs for two soup possibilities, bean preparations, and rice preparations.

While we were still eating our salad, a server put a bowl of mashed potatoes and a bowl of potato wedges on our table. We asked him to take them away explaining that we weren't yet eating meat and we didn't want the potatoes to get cold. No one ever brought a later serving of potatoes. I mention this as an observation rather than a criticism. By the time we began to eat the meat, we didn't actually want the potatoes. And if we had wanted the potatoes, a request would have brought them to our table quickly. I say this because there were two specific meat items we wanted to try. When we asked our waitress to send those servers our way, she followed through and those cuts of meat appeared soon afterwards.

The meat was excellent. Compared to American beef, the Brazilian beef was somewhat chewier but more robustly beef-flavored. We've become fans of this more-intense taste. The servers rotated constantly and served generous portions of everything. There was even choice among degree of doneness for many of the meat selections.

Considering both the high quality of all the meat and the unlimited quantity, Chima's food represents amazing value at RW prices. We even think the full price is a good value. Nevertheless, the experience of eating all that meat is overwhelming, and we won't be rushing back soon.

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