Fogo de Chão, pronounced (fo-go dèe shoun or https://youtu.be/zQLlBbbV9L0) is a fine dining Brazilian Steakhouse or Churrascaria, hugely popular in the USA where it has over 35 branches. This is Dubai’s first, long overdue branch. Located on Level P3 of the somewhat difficult to find Central Park Tower in DIFC, the fully licensed restaurant is designed in an expansive semi-circle, with an elegant lounge on one end and an outdoor seating area in the middle. Thankfully it has less of Dubai’s OOT fine dining bling, and instead is classy, handsome and actually a comfortable place to enjoy a meal.
Like the other two famous churrascaria restaurants in Dubai, Texas De Brazil and Chamas, Fogo de Chão is also a full-service restaurant. Which means, for a flat rate you are served an unlimited amount of the most amazing roasts, salads and desserts. I mention the roasts first because that is what all these restaurants are famous for, meats roasted over an open fire in the traditional gaucho fashion. Fogo de Chão has a team of friendly Passadores (meat waiters) who come to the table with knives and a skewer, on which are speared various kinds of roasted meat. Yeah, you know what happens next, so I won’t even bore you with the red disc, green disc stuff. Although Fogo has just opened, I found the quality of their roasts excellent – the ribeye, in particular, was one of the best I have had anywhere
Even more impressive was the attentive service and genuinely warm hospitality. Our table was attended by two Brazilian beauties, Natalia and Mariana, who redefined the word ‘pampered’ for us. They were simply unbelievable, making our evening far better than we originally expected (perhaps the number of wickedly strong cocktails we had also contributed to our happy, happy as can be feeling).
Also fretting over our table was their suave general manager, Raimundo. Should you ever have a problem with anything (highly unlikely) or should you want something extra special, see this guy. He makes problems go away, and happy thing happen.
On the flip side, the salad bar wasn’t nearly as impressive as Texas De Brazil’s but for goodness sake, who goes to a Brazilian Churrascaria to have salad? And anyone who has space for dessert has, well, quite obviously missed the point. Fogo de Chão is a welcome addition to DIFC’s already superhigh-rolling culinary scene, and I can’t wait for the opportunity to go back. Highly recommended and well worth a detour.
Waste NOT. Want NOT.