Report Card: Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

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Chima Brazilian Steakhouse on Urbanspoon

http://chima.cc/site/

Overall GrubGrade C+

 

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade B+:  Chima is our first foray into the world of Brazilian steakhouses.  Chima looked really nice on the outside, and the inside was decorated in a very contemporary fashion.  Tablecloths were clean, as were the dishes and silverware.  There did seem to be quite a bit of dust on some of the surfaces, which would indicate that the dining area is only spot cleaned.  All of the servers wore clean clothes and seemed to be well groomed and tidy.  On the surface, Chima looked like a real winner (with the exception of the dust).

High marks:  Contemporary décor, clean and neat servers

Low marks:   A little dusty in some areas

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Service:  Grade B:  As previously mentioned in another report card, we generally do not like it when we are given multiple servers.  We were willing to let that pass because of the dining style of Chima.  The Brazilian steakhouse theme necessitates multiple servers.  We did have one main server who explained the routine and brought us drinks.  The big flaw in the service was when she asked if we would like more bread and then forgot to bring it out after we answered “Yes.”  Other than that minor hiccup, our water glasses were kept full, adult drinks brought to the table in a timely fashion, and plenty of meat, meat, meat.

High marks:  All of the servers seemed fairly attentive

Low marks:   Forgot to bring bread after offering

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Food/Spirits:  Grade C:  Now, this is the area where we were the most disappointed.  We had a couple of different types of bite sized breads for an appetizer.  The parmesan cheese bread was actually really good.  It would have been nice to have more (see above).  Katina ordered a Brazilian drink named caipirinha.  While it tasted good, she felt it was very weak and watered down.  I settled on a beer called Xingu.  It was dark like Guinness but had a flavor more along the lines of a New Castle.  It was really tasty so I had 2 of them.  The buffet style salad bar had some interesting selections, but most of them looked like they may have been there for a week, so we went fairly light on the salads.  For entrees, we had a near continuous stream of different meats brought to the table.  Some of the highlights were an excellent bacon wrapped chicken (yep, tastes just like it sounds) and pretty good flank steak, which was tender and juicy.  Katina thought the salmon with passion fruit sauce was good, but I disagreed – more because I didn’t like the sauce than anything to do with the actual fish.  I tried the swordfish (Katina abstained) and found it to be extremely dry.  The lamb chops (again, I tried ‘em, Katina did not) were not good, which was really disappointing because if you follow this blog then you know I am all about Mary’s little friend.  There was one garlic infused chunk of meat that was truly wretched.  I do not even remember the animal or the cut, but it would have tasted the same if they would have given me a clove of raw garlic to eat.  I could barely swallow it, and Chima almost became the first restaurant in recent history to induce a nice yak from me.  I actually tasted garlic for almost a week, and the rest of the meal was certainly ruined.  Not good.  At least we didn’t have to reenact the bridal parlor scene from Bridesmaids.

High marks:  Good bread, bacon wrapped chicken, flank steak and salmon

Low marks:  Weak drink, some truly nasty chunks of meat, Sahara-like swordfish

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Value:  Grade C-:  No mention of the price of our meal was made, so I was extremely surprised by the amount of the check.  For the price we were charged, each morsel of meat should have been excellent.  Chima fell far short of that.  Unless you’re really into the Brazilian steakhouse style, we suggest you skip this one.

High marks:  None

Low marks:  Way too pricey for the quality

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