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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pampas Brazilian Grille is Brazilian dining with a seafood flare in Las Vegas, NV

Nestled within the Miracle Mile Shops inside the Planet Hollywood Casino Resort, Pampas Brazilian Grille lures you in with the scent of freshly grilled meats. The exterior looks like any other restaurant in the mall so let your nose guide you through the glass doors to the interior with the dining room directly ahead of you, the enormous salad and hot food bar beyond it and the cocktail bar with al fresco dining to your right. I love to people-watch so the al fresco dining is always my choice!

If you haven’t been to a Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse) before, you’re in for a treat. Passadores (the servers) dash around the dining room with huge skewers of sizzling meat and carving knives. Think of it as a Brazilian Dim Sum, but instead of carts, you have grilled meats carved fresh right at your table. This is my favorite cuisine! The Surf and Turf Rodizio is unlimited servings of fresh seafood of the day, grilled meats like Picanha (beef tenderloin with the fat cap), BBQ Pork, Grilled Chicken, Smoked Ham, Grilled Pineapple, Brazilian Sausage, and Turkey Wrapped in Bacon carved at your table. This also includes unlimited helpings from their side bar featuring over 50 hot and cold sides and salads. Tip: With my 10 years eating experience at churrascarias, here’s a simple way to enjoy your experience. You’ll be tempted to fill your plate with tons of sides and salads. Hold back and pick small bites like hearts of palm, mushrooms, shrimp, etc. Make yourself a crudité plate of sorts to share with the table. That way, you’re ready when the grilled meats come around. You’ll definitely want to try every type to establish your favorites. The Picanha is my favorite meat here and usually is the house specialty at churrascarias. The fat cap helps to keep the meat juicy during the spit-fire grilling process and has a crispy crust like chicharrones. The Grilled Pineapple is also a family favorite. The sugars in the pineapple caramelize and envelope the pineapple in sweet deliciousness. The seafood of the day for our dining experience was Bacon-wrapped Scallops, Grilled Salmon, Garlic Shrimp, and Fried Fish. The scallops were perfectly cooked with sweet flavor and tender flesh. The bacon took the scallops to a new level adding a salty, smoky flavor. Absolutely amazing! The first helping of grilled salmon was cooked perfectly with a soft texture and melted like butter. The second helping was a little bit dried out, but still had a good flavor. The Garlic Shrimp was sweet, crispy, and dipping it in the drawn butter made it even better. The Fried Fish, on the other hand, almost didn’t belong on the plate. It was dry and flavorless. I would definitely get the platter again minus the Fried Fish or just stick with the Meat Rodizio menu option. Thumbs up!

To read more and see photos, please visit: http://www.examiner.com/restaurant-in-anaheim/pampas-brazilian-grille-is-brazilian-dining-with-a-seafood-flare-las-vegas-review

Mahalo!

OC Food Diva

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