It’s only just opened but already Chamas is fully booked for two weeks – and I can see why.
Based in Beverley’s Wednesday Market, this Brazilian restaurant is the perfect place for meat lovers, but with the twist of a full vegan menu.
We arrived at 6.30pm on a Thursday night and every table was filled with diners, which is always a good sign.
We took our seats in the window and were told how the restaurant works.
First, you sit down and choose your drinks, second, you help yourself to the unlimited salad bar and finally, you wait for them to start bringing the meat.
Often when you hear the words unlimited salad bar, you imagine those chain restaurants that put on a spread of limp lettuce and soggy croutons, but not at Chamas.
There are blocks of varieties of cheese to help yourself to, smoked salmon, cured meats, pasta, vegetable dishes and even a bowl of anchovies.
You can get freshly buttered new potatoes, rice, vegetable curries and there is even a sauce station with a choice of condiments.
I will put the warning out now. Do not over do it at the salad bar, no matter how good it looks. You will inevitably have to roll home and squeeze into your once baggy pyjamas.
Costing £27.95 per person, the price isn’t half bad for all-you-can-eat food at such a high standard. The extras we paid for were a lovely bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon at £16.95, as well as dessert and a cocktail.
Each person is given a cardboard disc on the table, with a red side to show you are having a break and green to tell them to keep bringing it.
Passadores with skewers of freshly cooked meat walk around delivering slivers of amazing quality, and we started with some amazing minted lamb straight from the leg.
Throughout the meal we tried chicken thighs, several cuts of perfectly cooked beef (the rump with garlic is a winner), gammon, chorizo and even chicken hearts – a Brazilian delicacy.
In fact, there are up to 15 different cuts of meat to choose from, and if what you’re after isn’t circulating the restaurant, you can ask them to bring some out for you.
Chefs will also come out bringing tasty morsels of Brazilian cheese bread, garlic bread and all manner of accompaniments.
It is easy to go wild.
The Brazilian music playing in the restaurant really does give the place a holiday feel, with the decor consisting of the soothing colours of a sunset.
I was told during the meal that a Brazilian restaurant can’t be a Brazilian restaurant without three things.
Pincanha steak (which was amazing), Caipirinha cocktails and a creme caramel.
Obviously we tried all three.
Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar and lime. It’s sweet and light flavours cut through the rich meat perfectly and you can see why people love them so much.
But despite all the wonderful, juicy meats being paraded around the restaurant, I think the real star of the show was the Creme Caramel.
Made with condensed milk and vanilla pods, this pudding is a luxurious wobble of vanilla custard topped with biscuit crumbs and caramel sauce.
As a savoury person, this dessert was heavenly and I would go back to Chamas just for that.
But you don’t have to be excluded from this experience if you don’t eat meat.
As well as slow roasted Brazilian cinnamon glazed pineapple going around, diners can pay to just have the vegetarian or vegan options. So they can indulge in the non-meat items being brought around, as well as full use of the salad bar, which quite honestly is enough when you look at the options.
The nearest restaurant serving meat in this style is Leeds, so get booking your table and add a taste of Brazil to your weeknight – or make sure to get the cocktails in on a weekend.