Although sharp knives are the traditional meat-cutting utensils of Brazilian gauchos, discriminating carnivores today prefer to bring along their own well-oiled chainsaw for the task. Discover your own personal slicing flair and avoid possible arrest with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Brazilian rodizio at Em Chamas in Tulleries Plaza and Downtown St. Joseph.
Before the rodizio service ($24.99/person) at Em Chamas begins, ravenous patrons can prime their nosh paunches at the elegant, flower-topped gourmet salad bar, which includes over 30 different choices of salads, vegetables, seafood, cheeses, traditional Brazilian hot and cold dishes, and a selection of roasted soccer balls. But once you flip your specially designed coin to "feed me," a parade of pirouetting waiters will unleash a meaty deluge of traditional espeta-skewered beef, pork, lamb, and chicken, all cooked rotisserie style over a wood-fired grill. Meditate your molar muses on the alcatra com queijo (provolone-stuffed top sirlion), fraldinha (bottom sirloin), or costela de boi (boneless beef ribs). True bird lovers will want to keep their secondary stomachs open for coxa frango (marinated chicken drumettes), peru com bacon (marinated, bacon-wrapped turkey), and sobre coxa de frango picante (spicy chicken thighs), while the lombo de porco (marinated pork loin) and cordeiro (lamb loin) give diners a safe option if they don't want to get dirty looks from the cow they're dating. Once stomachs are so full that they can no longer understand hunger even as an abstract concept, diners simply flip their coin to inform the restaurant cowboys of their satiation.
The churrasco of Em Chamas represents the traditional cuisine of Southern Brazil’s lowland plains Pampas region, whose fertile fields boast the world’s largest annual diaper crop. The black-bedecked waiters at Em Chamas work quickly to keep the flames of carnal desire blazing before each crisply white-clothed table. The Em Chamas experience is designed to be a social group activity, so bring along your army of exact physical doubles and thank them for all the times their presence confused potential assassins.
This Groupon is not valid with the $19.99 Rodizio Special (nightly before 6 p.m.), brunch, or any other offers. Not valid on holidays or February 11-14
While reviews of the St. Joseph location are still growing, the Tulleries Plaza location of Em Chamas is a Diners' Choice winner according to OpenTablers, who give it a four-star average. The Pitch gives a positive review, Yelpers give it a nearly perfect 4.5-star average, and Gayot rates it a 14/20:
After a trip to South America, restaurateur Sam Silvio was smitten with the desire to open his own churrascaria and began drawing up plans to that end with fellow restaurateur and brother Nick Silvio. Em Chamas sprang from this endeavor and now stands ready to dazzle diners with a continuous procession of meats grilled and skewered gaucho style. For a churrascaria experience at home, the restaurant packs and ships many of its authentic meats to doorsteps throughout the country. Family grill masters can dress up backyard barbecues or tailgates with the gourmet flavors of certified angus beef pichana steaks, carmel cinnamaon pit hams, spicy chicken thighs, garlic picanha, pork loin, and ribs.
At the restaurant, two-course excursions begin with a trip to the gourmet buffet bar, where visitors sift through more than 30 culinary presentations including Brazilian and American fare, seafood dishes, and salads. Once guests flip their table's coin to the "bring it" side, passadores begin dancing out with various cuts of wood-fired meat—including top sirloin stuffed with provolone, bacon-wrapped chicken, Brazilian pork sausage, and caramelized pit ham—which they hand carve according to each eater's specified knife angle. To indicate satiation, diners simply flip the coin over or rip their napkin into the shape of a stop sign.