Here at Caldwell & Company Realty, we love trying out new restaurants and taking new residents to our tried and true, favorite establishments. Our own guest blogger, Charlotte Food Critic Chelsea, has her degree from Johnson & Wales University, is a chef with not only fine dining experience but is also a certified wine sommelier. Here is Chelsea’s review of one of our favorite Uptown establishments, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse. Thank you Chelsea!
Chima Brazilian Steakhouse – 139 South Tryon St. Charlotte NC 704.601.4141
Overal Rating: 5 Stars
Food Quality: 5 Stars
Customer Service: 5 Stars
Last Visit: March 2010
Located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse offers a unique and immersive dining experience – it is fine dining rodizio style. I have been to Chima’s three times for the dinner service and averaged paying about $45 per person plus wine and tip. If you love meat, then Chima is the place for you. Walking into Chima you are greeted by a pleasant, smiling hostess and a sleek, slightly edgy decor complimented by authentic and warm Brazilian earth tones. I have found typical wait time to be seated for dinner service at about 10 minutes. Once seated, you are presented with little cards that you flip to either “Yes” or “No” indicating your interest in the meats coming by your table by the brasserie servers dressed in crisp white shirts and black ties. I have never experienced any overcooked meat in my three visits to Chima – the meats are consistently delicious. My favorite, along with what I observed to be the majority of patrons, is the top sirloin. A nice medium-rare? Mmm, perfection. Chima’s also offers a lovely selection of fine wines as well as offering assistance in pairing. If you will pardon me for backing up a moment, before you indulge in your meaty-delights, be sure to take a long look at the salad bar. I challenge anyone to tell me this is not one of the most versatile, well-equipped salad bars to accompany any restaurant where the main theme is not lettuce. In summary, I found the food excellent, the restaurant lit properly with tasteful, modern décor. But what of the service you ask? My biggest win/fail with any restaurant hangs on customer service. From the moment you valet your car, to your server continually keeping your class full, you are surrounded with smiles and a willingness to please. The service was superb. The only negative about Chima Brazilian Steakhouse is the temptation to over-indulge!