Texas de Brazil is a hugely popular Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse) located beside the cinema at MOE. It features a wide variety of carved-at-your-table, all-you-can-eat meats, an extensive salad bar, and desserts. As its name suggests, it (in its own words) ‘combines the cuisines of Southern Brazil with the generous spirit of Texas’. Marketing blah blah aside, this upmarket eatery offers a meat-fest of epic proportions. Epic, in this case, translates into Filet Mignon, Shrimps, Brazilian Picanha (sirloin cap), Leg of Lamb, Brazilian Alcatra (top prime sirloin) Braised Beef Ribs, Lamb Chops, Brazilian Sausage, Chicken Breast Wrapped in Bacon…it goes on and on. Click for the full menu: tdb-menu-dubai.
A team of Passadores (meat waiters) come with arm-length skewers of each meat to carve at the table (there are little thongs provided to help hold the meat slice being carved). The restaurant provides you with novel little stop-go disc, red and green on either side. Face-up green brings on the Passadores, one after another.
Novelty and hunger-greed initially prompt you to say yes to everything, but it can quickly become quite overwhelming…too much of a good thing. That said, try everything at least once. It’s all good, particularly the Filet Mignon, Picanha, Lamb, Ribs…see, I told you, all good.
Service is outstanding; our designated waiter (different from the Passadores) friendly, polite, and quick to bring us whatever we wanted, and anticipating what we would need…like the delicious, sweet-cinnamony ‘bananas empanada’ (also known as ‘bananas frita’), basically golden fried bananas, a side which doubles as a palate cleanser between meats.
Those who have been to (and enjoyed) AB’s and Barbecue Nation will love Texas de Brazil – it’s the Daddy of them all. The extensive salad bar will ensure vegetarians are happy (really happy, it’s an amazing spread) and pescetarians can count on the skewers of prawns and fish to keep them smiling.
Kids under six eat free, over six are half price. There really is something for everyone, and at Dhs165 per person offers excellent value for money. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when Fogo de Chão opens…but for the time being Texas de Brazil is king of the silver mountain. Worth a detour.