first: There is little question that Churrascaria Pampas Brazilian
Grille didn't pay by the letter when choosing a name. Brazilian
heroes are known by just one name i.e. Pele. I now know where all
of the discarded letters go. It's into the names of the
restaurants. Vanna White would be exhausted walking her way through
that name. There also is little question that Churrascaria Pampas
Brazilian Grille (hereon to be known as Pampas) is an all too well
kept secret in dining in Las Vegas.
not from lack of trying though as there is very easy access from the
Harmon street valet parking for the soon to be Planet Hollywood and
signs aplenty throughout the Desert Passage shopping area.
offers $1.00 well drinks at the bar for Pete's sake. We're not
talking some happy hour gimmick here. Whenever Pampas is open the
drinks are a buck at the bar. This IS the Las Vegas Strip
Thankfully there is some sort of policy about the employees not
taking advantage of the well drink for a buck thing as quite a few
of them walk around with sharp knives and delicious food on skewers
which they carve at your table.
I believe that
by the time our dinner had concluded we had been served by at least
6 different members of the knowledgeable wait staff and Pampas' Unit
Partner Bill Drexel, who stopped by each and every table to meet and
greet all of the patrons. I note this because it was positively
fascinating to listen to Bill's explanations to the questions about
the various delectable delights and how they are prepared.
There are no
freezers in the restaurant. None, zero, zip, nada, you get the
point right?Everything is absolutely fresh. When I commented on how
fresh and crisp the olives were I was informed that it was because
they are processed on site and not bought in bottled form.
free, no flour rolls Pao De Queiljo, which are about as diabetic
friendly as it gets for baked goods and are made from the powdered
roots of the yucca plant are delicious.
The salad bar
was well stocked with the usual suspects as well as some very
interesting not so usual offerings. The traditional rodizio which
is priced very reasonably considering all that it offers consists of
the noble sirloin called Picanha which was marvelous. The filet
wrapped in bacon was also quite good and the two choices of grilled
chicken, regular and spicy, were about as succulent as it gets when
it comes to chicken. Once again Bill Drexel's explanation as to
just why the chicken is marinated twice over the course of two days,
first in saltwater to cleanse and purge it and secondly in the herbs
and spices that give it a very unique flavor made the meal all that
more enjoyable. We topped our meal off with a guava gel over a
passion fruit mousse that was mouthwatering.
really just the tip of the iceberg of what is available. Ours was a
fine meal served in a very cheery atmosphere at a very nice
restaurant that offers quite a bit more than the usual fare. There
are several different types of options for both lunch and dinner as
well as very current technological accommodations available if a
business presentation is on your agenda.
Brazilian Grille deserves to be much less of a secret and much more
of a regular stop on the great restaurants tour of Las Vegas. Good
value and very good food make it very easy for me to recommend the
Pampas Brazilian Grille for most any occasion that you may have and
there is always that amazing $1.00 well drink at the bar thing. If
you see me there, I'm buying.