Our housemate Neil liked our dinner at Casa Brasil so much that he decided to celebrate his birthday with another churrasco dinner. Luckily for the blogger in the house, he chose a new restaurant: Churras on Oxford Street.
BBQ men in action
The dynamics are pretty much the same as in other Brazilian BBQ restaurants: the waiters approach the tables with sworded chunks of barbecued meat. You verbally accept or pass (no green/red signs here) and this goes on for as long as the group is up for it. Sides are brought to the table and replenished during the two and a half hours I assume is the allocated dining period (they take bookings at 6 and 8:30 pm). The all-you-can-eat feast costs $39.50 per person.
Sides include potato salad, black beans, garden salad, rice, and fried cassava, banana and polenta. We made an exception and had some rice because it was prepared exactly the way we do in Perú: garlicky and not lumpy.
Black beans & salad
Rice & salad
Cassava, fried banana, polenta
The grain eaters started by filling up their bellies with garlic bread.
The meats were good. Middle of the road between Casa Brasil (although service there was superior) and Bah Bq. My absolute favourite cut of the night was the rump steak, fatty, juicy and flavoursome. The beef ribs were pretty good, too. I didn’t try the sausages because the waiter didn’t know if they were gluten-free. As a side note, they specify in their website “We are 100% Glutten [sic] Free by request”, however the waiters had no idea whether the dishes were gluten-free or not, and none of them offered to find out.
Sirloin with vegetables
The only disappointment came with the coconut prawns, soggy frozen prawns covered in homebrand-tasting shredded coconut.
The little morsels (mushrooms and chicken hearts) were a big hit, even when everyone had reached their stomach capacity.
The traditional pineapple with cinnamon helped to settle down the meal thanks to its digestive enzymes. We were grateful they redusted the pineapple with cinnamon each time the entire surface of the fruit had been shaved off.
Pineapple with cinnamon
One of Neil’s friend baked a birthday cake. Some of my friends asked if I had baked it. I wonder why.
219 Oxford Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
(02) 8084 2151