South American concept restaurant serves up feasts 32 Reviews
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From Time Out Abu Dhabi Eating Out 2010
Proof that there’s more to Brazil than football, taxi cab kidnappings and great coffee, there is little not to love about this robust churrascaria restaurant. Chamas is as charismatic as the samba music which spews forth from its live band. Upstairs, a pretty slick bar has attracted the attentions of the well-dressed select few. The atmosphere is laidback and the drinks a little dear, but it’s a superlative hangout before you head downstairs past the trumpeters and mariachi players to the restaurant below. The rodizio serving style provides an experience like no other in the capital. You flick a card from green to red when you want more food and waiters circle in turns, slicing hunks off huge skewers of moist, seasoned meats complimented by a gigantic salad bar.
In fairness, most restaurants in the capital struggle to compete with ‘the show’. The meats change regularly, so you’re unlikely to experience the same selection more than once and thanks to the ever revolving servers, you can always slow down if you’re feeling a bit full. Chamas is as lively as a good party, there is no getting away from the sheer vibrancy of the place, but the star is the meat: the sweet lamb, the succulent chicken, the heavenly marinades. Add to that a basket of fried hash browns, bananas and other battered treats and you simply have an amazing restaurant. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is better than anywhere else in the capital.By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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