Ra­mada Plaza, JBR

Friday - - Review -

Ben-vindo! Fogueira is a wel­come breath of fresh air. Yes, it’s great place to eat out at, no doubt, but first and fore­most it’s a re­fresh­ing change of scene in Dubai. Be­ing a Brazil­ian steak­house, or chur­ras­caria, Fogueira serves a set menu of hot ap­pe­tiz­ers, sal­ads, and 15 dif­fer­ent cuts of meat to choose from. The good news? It’s un­lim­ited! The restau­rant of­fers both in­door and out­door seat­ing op­tions. We skipped the rooftop view of Dubai from the 35th floor of the Ra­mada Plaza JBR and opted to dine at the top ta­ble in­side to en­joy the live Brazil­ian band that was play­ing.

A trip to the salad and sides bar saw our plates fill up with reg­u­lar veg­gies and trop­i­cal de­lights – palm hearts and av­o­ca­does. Once back at our ta­bles the pas­sadores (meat wait­ers) started com­ing through with a va­ri­ety of hot ap­pe­tis­ers – fried ba­nanas, baked cheese bread, mashed pota­toes, black beans, po­lenta and my friend’s favourite, cox­inha, a Brazil­ian snack made of shred­ded chicken meat, spiced onions, toma­toes and pars­ley deep fried in a wheat­flour and chicken broth coat­ing.

Be­fore we could fin­ish, the pas­sadores were back, this time with skew­ers of meat hot off the bar­be­cue and in­struc­tions for us – turn the cards on the ta­ble green side up if you wish to be served and red side up if you want to stop the end­less flow of bar­be­cued meat.

Serv­ing in rodizio style, the pas­sadores moved from ta­ble to ta­ble of­fer­ing dif­fer­ent cuts of chicken and lamb. My friend couldn’t get enough of the Brazil­ian pi­canha (beef rump cap) – juicy, suc­cu­lent and done to

Caramelised pineap­ples sea­soned with cin­na­mon cleansed our palates be­tween cour­ses

per­fec­tion ap­par­ently with its sim­ple rock salt mari­nade.

The con­stant serv­ings of meat were oc­ca­sion­ally bro­ken with caramelised pineap­ples sea­soned with cin­na­mon to cleanse the palate be­tween cour­ses. They were so de­li­cious, we each ate a cou­ple even when our palates didn’t need clean­ing and our stom­achs were full. That didn’t stop us from hav­ing a go at the Brazil­ian corn pud­ding, which looked like cus­tard and was de­li­cious; creamy with a sub­tle hint of cin­na­mon.

Our evening at Fogueira couldn’t have been bet­ter – in­ter­est­ing en­trées, divine main cour­ses, a dessert that comes a close enough sec­ond, pleas­ant en­ter­tain­ment and a rea­son­able bill. Add Fogueira’s to your list of must-visit restaurants.


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