Chima Brazilian Steakhouse Review: All The Meat, a Killer Salad Bar + New Cocktails from Hop Sing Laundromat – Philadelphia

A few weeks ago, I was invited to enjoy a date night dinner at Chima Steakhouse in Philadelphia. I was so excited for this because it came up at the perfect time – I have been trying to get a date night on the calendar with the hubs for a few weeks at this point to celebrate his birthday, because our original bday plans didn’t work out because of sleep issues with the boys – so this was the perfect time to celebrate with all.the.meat!

I am a huge fan of the Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant experience. We had only been to Chima a few times over the years – the most recent was 2+ years ago when we met a group of our friends for a Valentine’s Day dinner celebration to let them know baby Graham was all the way!

Side Note: If you are pregnant and hungry, definitely add Chima to your date night pre-baby line up! #allyoucaneat 

Side Side Note: I’m NOT pregnant, I just remember LOVING my meal here when I was preggers with #2!

About Chima: Chima Steakhouse, named after chimarrao, a traditional drink of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, that symbolizes hospitality and friendship-certainly lives up to its name. Legend has it that, in South Brazil traditional gauchos (cowboys) would consume a diet that consisted almost entirely of beef. The meat was seasoned, placed on skewers, and slow cooked over a wood burning flame. Historically, gauchos were known for their generosity and hospitality.

The first Chima restaurant originated in Uberlandia, Brazil located in the state of Minas Gerais. In 2004, the Silva family introduced a new style of dining and superior service to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Chima combined traditional Brazilian rodizio and excellent service with an elegant setting.

So before we get into the main event {the meat!} Chima offers so much more than that – the incredible salad bar blends Brazilian and American favorites from salads, cold cuts, cheeses, soup and traditional Brazilian hot dishes. It is massive and full of so many healthy and delicious options. So if you are worried there wouldn’t be something for you – don’t! There is definitely something yummy for everyone.

Guests can choose from Rodizio {meat selection} and Salad Bar or Salad Bar only (which includes grilled fish) – Seriously, salad bar as far as the eye can see!

Another exciting thing that was just announced is the new partnership with Hop Sing Laundromat and the creation of three new cocktails just for Chima! And did I mention these cocktails are only $10 each!?

All three of the new cocktails are built around cachaça, a distilled spirit made from fermented sugar cane that’s considered the national drink of Brazil. The first two drinks – The Gaúcho and The Gaúcha – are made with the cachaça swirled with freshly crushed blackberries or raspberries (respectively), lemon juice, soda and simple syrup. Sweet and tart – my sort of pre-dinner cocktail.

The third drink, called the Rio-Cha is made with oolong tea, cachaça and a bunch of fresh mint – you totally want to be sitting on a beach somewhere when you drink this. It was my favorite!

Ok – now onto the meats! Here’s the menu – when you sit down and decide it’s time for the main event, Gauchos roam the dining room continuously offering choices of over 15 rotisserie meats including top sirloin, filet, ribs, lamb, pork, chicken, sausage and fish.

The hubs and I were committed to eating our way through the entire menu {or at least trying most of it!}

When you sit at your table you order drinks, get served some delicious bread and have access to the salad bar. If you are enjoying the all you can eat meat selection, you are given a coin – one side says “Yes Please” and the other “No Thank You” – once you turn that coin to “Yes” – Let the games begin!

One of the specials the night we were there was this fantastic grilled pineapple – it was warm and delicious! If you go there and this is on the menu, give it a try for sure!

All the meat we had was pure perfection. You can get any temperature you would like and if you aren’t seeing something on the menu you want to try, they will bring it right out for you. And it’s also nice because you can request small pieces if you just want a taste of something. We worked our way though most of the menu – the chicken wrapped bacon was one of my favorites, but everything was so delicious!

I even got a chance to sneak back into the kitchen area to see the the meat being cooked and prepared. Pretty cool that the skewers auto rotate over the heat to ensure they are evenly cooked.

At the end of the meal, you can bet we were full and happy. The Brazilian steakhouse experience is lots of fun – you get to try out so much food and eat as much {or as little} as you wish! But I think its best to come hungry!

Chima is located right down in the heart of Center City Philadelphia – it’s a great spot to celebrate special occasions, or just enjoy a date night out!

Have you ever been to Chima?

What do you think about the Brazilian Steakhouse experience? 

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1 Comment

  • Reply Patty January 20, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Wow – what a culinary experience – looks beautiful too!

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