It was the Gauchos of Brazil that first invented the uniquely Brazilian churrasco style of barbecue 400 years ago and which provides a great alternative if you're thinking of an American-style steak or burger takeaway.
The Brazilian way is one of the most simple forms of barbecue there is with long skewers of lightly-seasoned meat being cooked over an open fire - but the results are absolutely breath-taking. It's also a style of cooking that's spread around the world and Dubai's lucky to have a huge choice of Brazilian barbecue restaurants – and here are five of the very finest.
1.Brazilian Roast Cafe
Situated in the Oberoi Centre in the Business Bay, the Brazilian Roast Cafe is a fantastic introduction to the traditional Brazilian barbecue before you dive into the real thing. They do a fantastic Churrasco Brasileiro wrap with tender, chargrilled beef, mixed peppers and cheese, delicious with a side order of their Bolinho de Queijo, deep-fried cheese balls Brazilian style. Together they make a fantastic combination that's perfect at any time of day.
2.Butcha Steakhouse and Grill
Look out of the Butcha Steakhouse and Grill and imagine that you're on Copacabana beach as you enjoy succulent barbecue that also has a distinctly American twist. To give you the ultimate in barbecue choice you can either have your meat cooked over a real wood fire or chargrilled for that extra depth of flavour. Stand-out dishes include the Stockyard Waygu Beef Tenderloin and the marinated lamb loin served with grilled eggplant purée.
Located right in the heart of the DIFC, Gaucho brings you an authentic taste of a country that shares many of the barbecue traditions of Brazil - Argentina - hence its inclusion in this list. Start with deliciously sticky Braised Back Beef Ribs in a hoisin and orange chilli sauce before moving on to the main event. There's a choice of rib-eye, fillet, sirloin or rump steak as well as their famous Gaucho Burger made using no less than four different cuts of beef to create a truly succulent result.
Definitely not the place to go if you fancy a veggie burger, it's all in the name at Steaky. As you'd expect, there's a wide choice of steaks that any real gauchos would love, chargrilled to perfection and to your taste, and they're also available in kids sizes, too. Plus, if you fancy some freshly-prepared seafood, there's also the choice of grilled fillet or jumbo grilled shrimps with zesty spices and Rai sauce.
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Down in the Souk Al Bahar, you'll find the lively Claw BBQ which offers a fantastic range of grilled meats as well as seafood buckets that are sure to satisfy even the biggest appetites. Make sure you try the short ribs that have been slowly braised in their special, tangy BBQ sauce and which are served with garlic mashed potato and fresh green beans.
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