When I was in the United States several years back, we were treated to a hefty eat-all-you can lunch at the Green Field Churrascharia in Long Beach, California. Because of that single visit, the eat-all-you-can here in Bacolod all pale in comparison. hahaha
Now what is a churrascharia? Borrowing from the site, the Brazilian term literally means, “house of barbecue” and is pronounced as “Tchu-ras-ka-ria”.
We knew this was an eat-all-you can barbecue restaurant, but we just had to sample the salad bar and hot food buffet table offerings before the barbecues. My goodness! It was a spread fit for a king! First off, we tried the salar bar. This was no ordinary lettuce and dressing bar but it had different fruits, vegetables, pre-mix salads, cold cuts, and many other condiments! I just lifted the photo below from the site because I could no longer find my digital photos.
Then there are hot foods. I remembered that their skewered prawns were pretty good. hehe There were various soups as well as their traditional dishes like the Rabada (Beef tail), Arroz Tropero (Brazilian rice stile) and the famous Feijoada.
My goodness, after all these appetizers, it seems like we have no more room for the barbecue! But no way! We will not go out without sampling their barbecues!
So okay. This was the thing. Each table has a thingimajig that looks like an hour glass. But it is made of wood. One half is colored green while the other half is red. While the green half is up, the waiter will continue to bring juicy slabs of freshly grilled barbecues.
Their barbecues include “various sirloins, ribs and steaks; pork, chicken, lamb, duck, rabbit and other, slowly grilled in Brazilian’s unique way.” And this is what we really got. During our visit, they had an engaging Brazilian waiter in his 40s who claims that he once had a Filipina girlfriend. He even impressed us with some of the Tagalog words that he knew. Then he kept coming back for more barbecue. We were amazed at how he handled the slicing and all that because it was like a show when he served the barbecues. So we continued to eat what he gave us.
Eventually, we were all sooo stuffed and couldn’t take anything more. But we wondered how to make him stop because he was so gracious and accommodating. And it was when we realized that our thingy still had the green light on so the waiter thought that we wanted some more. haha So we turned it upside down and that was when he stopped coming. Whew!
We were so full that day that we no longer had dinner. We had our fair share of meats, veggies, and everything else! We took a really long walk after that memorable meal! haha We just had to sample everything because they all looked mouth-watering!
If you are wondering how much a meal costs, here are the current prices, based on their website:
Lunch price – 1AM to 3PM (Mon -Fri) – $16.95 Adult
Dinner – PM to 10PM (Mon – Fri) 11AM to 10PM (Sat – Sun) $29.95 Adult
But when we were there, I remember that we paid around $24.95 for each of us. Or was it the drinks that made our bill big? I’m not sure. I am just happy that I was able to go there.
If you want to go there, their address in Long Beach is:
5305 East Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90804
Other branches may be found in:
108th St. Northern Blvd., Corona , NY 11368
tel: 718-672-5202, 718-672-5202
381 Noth Azusa Ave., West Covina, CA 91790