Monthly Archives: May 2009

Fogo De Chao

This genuine Brazilian restaurant is a meat-lover’s haven and one of my favorite restaurants to go to for a special celebration event, but it doesn’t hurt to go there for the heck of it.  Every one of the “Gauchos” are trained in Brazil before making their way to one of these restaurants in the U.S.  With this training comes the responsibility for preparing and slow-cooking their choice cuts of meat to perfection.

To start the evening off, you make a trip to the extensive salad bar.  Here you are not presented by with the standard fare of salad bar items, but instead have a wide selection which include artichoke hearts, marinated shiitake mushrooms, breads and cheese, smoked salmon and many others.

Once you have finished with your salad, prepare for the meat feast.  To signal the “Gauchos” to fill your plate with delicious meat, turn the token over to green and they’ll bring you slow cooked pieces of meat for you to savor.  Polenta, plantains, mashed potatoes and cheese puffs are also brought to the table to complement your meal.  Eat as much or as little as you want, you will always leave wanting to come back.

To complement the meal, Fogo de Chao offers an diverse wine list and many of the wines are reasonably priced.  Don’t know what to pick?  They always have some recommendations depending on your tastes.  If you have anyone in the party who doesn’t want to partake in the meat selection, tell the server and you can choose the salad option.  I have friends who are extremely satisfied with the salad bar alone.  Every time I go, I take my wife and/or a group of friends with me.  We always have a great time and it is one of the places I will always dream about going back to.  Trust me, visit one of their location when you have a chance.  Did I mention they are not only located in Houston?  You will not be disappointed.

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Sinh Sinh Restaurant

Last weekend I had the pleasure of joining some of my friends to celebrate the completion of their Masters in Nursing Science degree at the University of Houston.  One of the evenings, all of us visited a Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant called Sinh Sinh in the so called Chinatown area of Houston.  This restaurant hosts some very traditional Hong Kong style cuisine.

I strongly recommend trying the fish and the BBQ.  Among all of the Chinese restaurants in Houston, I think this one has some of the best Asian BBQ.  One dish which is not on the menu but you can order is a combination barbecue meat plate.  You basically choose the meats you want (duck, chicken, barbecue pork, roasted pig) and they will put a plate together for you.   The barbecue pork and the sucking pig are great picks if you don’t know where to begin.

If you are visiting the restaurant with a group of four or more people, ask for the combination menu.  This is a excellent way to taste the different dishes which they specialize in.  We chose the six person menu option which included a soup, Peking duck, steamed fish (grouper), stir fried chicken with vegetables and walnuts, and a seasonal vegetable.  This was more than enough for us and we left very very satisfied.

Some people complain that the service is a bit slow here, but from the minute we walked in the door, we were immediately seated and were waited upon.  The food was extremely fresh and the service was prompt during our visit.  Of course, your experience may vary.

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