By The Editor
No one carries the banner of Brazilian cuisine better than Fogo de Chao restaurants. Founded in 1979 in Brazil there are now 52 locations in Brazil, the U.S., Mexico and the Middle East. Always innovative the restaurants recently introduced a new Spring menu. So we were off once again to experience this for ourselves at the Beverly Hills location.
Adding to the churrasco, carved tableside, is traditional Pork Picanha as well as a new spicy Linguica Sausage.
But first we had to try the new Blood Orange Manhattan cocktail which combines Buffalo Trace Bourbon with a splash of Carpano Antica and then the blood orange and angostura bitters.
Also added to the menu items like a Carrot & Ginger soup blended with coconut milk, two new salads, one roasted Cauliflower and the second Brazilian Kale and Oranges with a citrus-honey vinaigrette.
We had the opportunity to discuss the new menu items with Sevenir Girardi, general manager and Mario Heinrich, Customer Service Representative.
Of much interest to this Writer was a new wine from Chilean winemakers, Vina Vik. Named Eulila it is a red wine blend of Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The name is a tribute to Eulila “Selma” Oliveira, Chief Culture Officer of Fogo de Chao. We thought the wine very much of premium quality with smooth velvet like flavors and a pleasing finish.
We also had to try the new dessert which comes from a traditional Brazilian Recipe. It is Creme de Coconut which features shredded coconut baked with condensed milk and cream, then served warm with ice cream.
Always available was the huge self serving table of meats, appetizers, salads and an infinite number of specialties. And those favorite meats such as the Cowboy Ribeye or dry-aged steak including New York Strip and Tomahawk Ribeye.
Of course all of this was served as usual by the well trained service staff with the churrasco carved tableside by gaucho chefs.
Fogo de Chao offers a unique culinary adventure at its restaurants, with everything on the menu offered in abundance. We especially enjoy the Beverly Hills location with its most convenient valet parking that leaves one at the front door.,
In Beverly Hills Fogo de Chao is located at 133 N. La Cienga Blvd. open for lunch and dinner daily. Tele. 301 289-7755.
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