EAT: Chama Gaucha

Ok so this one took longer than it should have BUT in March, I was very lucky to be invited to a tasting with the Houston Food Blogger Collective at the Brazilian steakhouse, Chama Gaucha. This was my first event with my new foodie family, so I was naturally very excited and what a place to kick-off new adventures with!

The Houston location was the third addition to the Chama Gaucha family back in 2011 and is situated on Westheimer, close to the Galleria/Uptown area. Owner João Carlos Ongarotto has three other restaurants located in San Antonio (the original), Chicago and Atlanta.

This Chama Gaucha restaurant is large, with a similar decor to many other Houston-based steakhouses; white tablecloths, dark wood, a large wine cellar and a vast amount of seating. It also offers private dining with large projection screens for corporate clientele and a new a la carte menu, available at the bar.

Chama Gaucha Wine Cellar
Wine cellar

Like all good Brazilian steakhouses, Chama Gaucha cooks its meat churrasco style, which is brought to your table on skewers and carved in front of you there and then. But before I talk more about the meat, let me tell you about some of their other delicious offerings…

First up is one of my favorite parts: the Pão de Quiejo (cheesy bread rolls to you and me.) I always look forward to the Pão de Quiejo when I go to Brazilian steakhouses, in fact, I could probably fill up on these alone but that would be beside the point when you’re really here for the tantalizingly tasty churrasco style meat.

Next up is the salad bar, where do I start?! That’s the question you ask yourself when you head over to this all you can eat, help yourself appetizer bar. They have more than 30 different dishes to choose from, with everything from a charcuterie section, salads and veggies, to a creamy lobster bisque. Hold my caipirinha, I’m going in!

Chama Gaucha charcuterie
Charcuterie section

Now, onto the important stuff… the meat.

When you turn your card over they come round fast with the different cuts of meat, so make sure you’re ready! I tried the ribeye, filet mignon, Costela (beef rib), Cordeiro (lamb rack), Fraldinha (bottom sirloin) and the shrimp. The ribeye was definitely my favorite cut, it was perfectly seasoned and cooked a juicy medium rare. If you’re not a huge red meat fan though, the shrimp are big and grilled to perfection.

Chama Gaucha Beef Rib
Chama Gaucha Beef Rib

You can also choose from an array of side dishes but once you try the charred asparagus you won’t want any of the others. Seriously, I have never had asparagus that tasted so good! If you prefer something a little sweater with your steak, opt for the grilled pineapple, which comes with a sprinkling of cinnamon and adds a fruity twist to your savory plate.

Grilled pineapple
Grilled pineapple

To finish up, they have an assortment of your typical desserts: cheesecake, creme brulee, chocolate cake and all are big enough for two people to share.

Dessert selection: Chocolate cake, creme brulee, cheesecake.
Dessert selection: Chocolate cake, creme brulee, cheesecake.

 

Fun fact: Churrasco style cooking dates back to the 17th century from the region around the Rio Grande. Travelers or “tropeiros” would heat the meat from their cattle over hot coals, seasoning it with a little ash and over time, this has become the barbecue style cooking we know today.

Quick facts

Lunch, dinner and happy hour menus. Open seven days a week. Huge dining area, private dining for special occasions and corporate events.

Locations: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, San Antonio

Rating: 4/5

Houston Location: 5865 Westheimer Rd, Houston, Tx, 77057

Website: http://chamagaucha.com/houston/

Insta-worthy? Yes but the lighting isn’t the best.

Wine Flights and Soufflés at Rise No.2

A Read Eat Discover review of Rise No.2.

Where do I start with this place? I love everything about it, from the Parisian vibes and delicate menus to the très chic finishing touches, it almost feels like you’re not in Houston anymore, almost.

Read Eat Discover - marshmallow soup

Located in the Uptown/Galleria area, Rise No.2 serves up a number of tasty soufflés, along with signatures dishes such as the Rise salad and the interesting Marshmallow soup (tomato and carrot bisque with mini goat cheese soufflés and a pesto drizzle, shown above) to start. They also offer a Chariot de Fromage, where you can choose your favorites from an international selection on their cheese cart, yes I said cart. Even the bread and butter they serve makes this place stand out from the rest with mini French baguettes which are served warm and accompanied by their very own custom Rise bread cutter.

Read Eat Discover - Rise No.2

The waiting staff are extremely helpful as well and always advise that you order your soufflés at the same time as your starter or main course, considering they take around 20 minutes to cook. The savory soufflés range from the more classic jambon and gruyere to truffle infused mushroom or the slightly more adventurous escargot soufflé. What’s even better is they all come in at 263-540 calories because they are made from egg whites, all the more reason to try a dessert one too!

Houston food - Rise souffle

But enough about the food, what about the flights? You can pair your chosen soufflé with a wine flight for less than $20 and choose between bubbles, French whites tour, French reds tour or Bordeaux vs. California and each come served in Rise’s super cute, recycled drinking glasses.

Want to take a little bit of Paris home with you? Well, they go one better than just your leftovers, you can also purchase a number of the items you see in the restaurant either in store or online. I have my eye on that custom Rise chopping board!

And if all that is not enough to convince you, they are taking part in Houston Restaurant Weeks right now. The perfect opportunity to eat soufflé until your heart’s content!

Quick facts: Indoor/outdoor seating, French soufflé restaurant. Fromage and flights, Monday – Friday, 6-7pm.
Rating: 5/5
Website: http://www.risesouffle.com
Location: 1700 Post Oak Blvd, #290, Houston, TX, 77056.
Insta worthy? Hell yes!

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