‘Skip lunch’ was the early order of the day from one Marhaba team member to the other as we were to get our meat desires satisfied that evening at Rodizio Brazilian Churrascaria at Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park.
The sparkling blue facade of Crowne Plaza Doha—The Business Park has been a familiar sight on Airport Street since the property’s opening in 2012.
Churrascaria is a traditional South American eating place from centuries yore that has evolved from rustic roots to become a cherished destination for meat lovers across the world. Several different types of meat are cooked on a rotisserie grill and are served consecutively at the table by Passadores armed with a large sharp knife and no ordinary skewer. In Brazil, it is called rodizio service and a word of advice: be nice to them.
Our maitre d’ for the evening was outlet manager Huong Ha, a charming and highly professional young lady. Her first enamouring task was to grind with captivating grace a signature caipirinha cocktail comprising Cachaça rum with crushed ice and limes.
Suitably refreshed (due to the fruit content), authentic Brazilian bite-sized, deep-fried appetisers arrived; in order of merit: corn and cheese balls, cassava chips, banana fritters and empanadas, accompanied by garlic rice and beans to share.
Melodic bossa nova, samba and frevo rhythms from the perfectly pitched Duo Habanon lulled us into a false sense of security. The music was not intrusive (others please note) but elegantly complementary.
We have long believed that a restaurant can be judged in an instant by the quality of its salads and Rodizio passed this test with aplomb. Perfectly roasted artichoke with bell pepper and olives, delightful chicken and pineapple salad (and dressing to drool over) plus Brazilian heart of palm suggested we could not have chosen a more compelling combination ourselves.
Huong made her introduction with samurai-like cleaver in hand, asked if we wanted to begin and did not argue. After just a few moments, the first skewer arrived: Chicken thighs, marinated with rosemary and lots of garlic, boneless and doused (again) for about an hour in yoghurt and garlic (again). These thighs were followed by smoked tender chicken sausages.
A sliver of veal leg then ventured forth, and then Maminha or rump steak. A skewer of spicy chicken wings with chilli and paprika swiftly followed.
A leg of lamb with rosemary appeared on the horizon. Next up was another Brazilian speciality called picanha, a top sirloin cut grilled with garlic (they love garlic), expertly sliced and simply melted on impact. Yes, fat in moderation does have its nutritious benefits (protein, A, B and D vitamins) so just cancel that guilt trip and enjoy the taste.
Then, like a mirage through frightened eyes, pineapple arrived. Yes, fat-free grilled pineapple coated in sugar and cinnamon. Followed by irresistibly tempting chocolate cake and flan.
Brazilian Carnival at Rodizio runs until 15 March 2019. QAR 185 per person if you arrive before 7 pm.
Call 4408 7788 or 5038 2628 for more information or reservations.
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