Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse strikes the perfect balance between food, service, atmosphere, and price. This is especially apparent during Houston Restaurant Weeks, which was recently extended through the end of September to raise funds for the Houston Food Bank after Hurricane Harvey. The Chama Gaúcha team has created excellent fixed-price lunch and dinner menus to mark the occasion.
A four-course lunch starts at only $20 before beverages and gratuity, with $3 from every meal being donated to the food bank. Choose among a gourmet cheese platter, shrimp ceviche, or fried polenta to whet your appetite, then revel in a salad course that includes choices like a creamy bleu cheese wedge salad or velvety lobster bisque. Entrees run the gauntlet from ribeye to lamb chops to grilled shrimp, and each comes with a choice of two sides – take our advice and make one of yours the caramelized bananas. A half-portion of dessert will send you home happy; standouts include the flan and the strawberry or papaya cream.
Dinner is $35 per person, with $5 donated. Each meal begins with a basket of pão de queijo, or Brazilian cheese bread, a pillowy concoction of parmesan and tapioca flour that resembles a miniature soufflé. Courses two through four align with those on offer at lunch – but the portions are bigger here, so those with large appetites will get their money’s worth.
Complete the experience with a caipirinha from the bar. The signature cocktail of Brazil is kin to the margarita, but made with cachaça, which is smoother than tequila and more refreshing. Chama Gaúcha offers a variety of tempting flavor variations.
5865 Westheimer Rd. // (713) 244-9500 // chamagaucha.com/houston/