Although sharp knives are the traditional meat-cutting utensils of Brazilian gauchos, some of today's most discriminating carnivores prefer to portion edibles using graceful chainsaw movements. Discover your own personal slicing style with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Brazilian rodizio cuisine at Em Chamas Brazilian Grill.
Before the rodizio service ($24.99+ /person) at Em Chamas begins, ravenous patrons can prime their nosh paunches at the elegant, flower-topped salad bar, which includes more than 30 different choices of salads, vegetables, seafood, cheeses, hot and cold dishes, and a selection of roasted soccer balls. Prepped palates can then flip their specially designed coin to "feed me," which will summon a parade of pirouetting waiters to unleash a meaty deluge of traditional espeta-skewered beef, pork, lamb, and chicken, all cooked rotisserie-style over a wood-fired grill. Molars sink into savories such as alcatra com queijo (provolone-stuffed top sirloin) and costela de boi (boneless beef ribs). True bird lovers will want to keep their secondary stomachs open for options such as frango com bacon (marinated, bacon-wrapped chicken). 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.
A tiered menu, with the option of upgrading, is available at the St. Joseph location.
Em Chamas Brazilian Grill is a Diners' Choice winner according to OpenTable reviewers, who give it four stars. The Pitch gives a positive review, 23 Yelpers give it four stars, and Gayot rates it a 14/20:
- As an alternative to the traditional Kansas City steakhouse, Em Chamas is a distinctly meaty pleasure. – The Pitch
- The service was outstanding. I was never bothered during the meal, but anytime I needed something a waiter appeared. It was obvious they were aware and attentive. To top it off, the food was very good, and I left very satisfied. – OpenTable user who dined on 5/14/10
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 with the gourmet flavors of Certified Angus Beef Pichana steaks and signature Brazilian linguica, while family sword masters can play passadore with something other than a prized teddy bear, for a change.
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.