Tableside service and perfectly prepared meats make this casual dining spot a cut above the rest.
words: Tamara Clarke
Texas De Brazil combines churrasco, a South American style of cooking, with a level of service and class that’s distinctly synonymous with the Lone Star State of Texas.
On the side
Located inside Yas Mall, Texas De Brazil puts a posh twist on casual dining with a well-appointed, open, airy dining room. Surprisingly, the space is anchored by an expansive salad bar giving diners all-you-can-eat vegetables and cold mezze including salads, roasted vegetables, imported cheeses and charcuterie.
Hot sides including garlic-mashed potatoes, Brazilian black beans, sautéed mushrooms, lobster bisque and sweet fried bananas are also available to compliment the impending procession of meat.
The meat up
Simply put, Texas De Brazil caters to every guest with a personal carvery at every turn.
There are professional chefs skillfully carving sizzling portions of beef, chicken and seafood ate every table, much to diner’s delight.
Here’s how it works.
In addition to cutlery and linen, each place setting has a two-sided card and a pair of mini tongues for grabbing portions as they are carved from a skewer. To invite expert carvers to the table, we simply turn the card to green which reads,“Yes, please – Sim, por favor”.
With the green side up, a steady parade of carvers visit the table serving up an array of flame-grilled meat cuts, including everything from filet mignon to braised beef ribs and garlic picanha – a cut of beef poplar in Brazil, known as sirloin cap.
Skewers of lamb cutlets, Parmesan drumettes and bites of bacon wrapped chicken breast also make the rounds with perfectly grilled prawns in rotation for pescatarians at the table.
Flank steak was by far our favourite of the evening and the carver kindly twisted the skewer to cut pieces of the crispy outer edge.
After tucking into several portions, we flip our cards to red to take a little break before indulging in bacon wrapped filet – yet another favourite. Between the endless main portions and bottomless mojito mocktails – a refreshing twist – indulgence is the name of the game.
There’s very little chance of making it to the end of the meal with room for dessert but those that do can choose from churros, crème brulee, chocolate mousse cake, Brazilian cheesecake and locally inspired treats like sticky date pudding.
Perhaps we’ll exercise more restraint during the meat rounds on my next visit.
Need to know
We Say: Get your fill | AED 520 for two | Ground Floor, Yas Mall | 11.30am-midnight | 02 563 1424, texasdebrazil.com