I remembered the name from the Chef’s Delight awards gala night last year in April at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre. Pampa Churrascaria, which translates to Pampa Grill, won the best Brazilian restaurant category. I’ve not been there, until last Friday when my friend and I were lazily driving around Lavington looking for a place to eat.
On King’ara Road, we saw the colourful signage and decided to try it out. Meat is the hardest thing for me to eat. I just don’t have the stomach for it. It’s probably from reading about how long it takes to digest. It’s like a carcass sitting in your body for hours on end. But when I land in a meat haven like Pampa Grill, I go into hunter mode. I get out my claws.
It’s time to feed. Pampa Churrascaria is a Brazilian rotisserie steak house. Rotisserie is a style of roasting where meat is skewered on a spit – a long solid rod used to hold food while it is being cooked over a fire. So expect to see lots of meat on skewers, all ye nyama choma lovers. And for those like me whose constitution favours vegetables, there’s an array of 16 types of vegiesalads to choose from.
There’s also soup and two hot dishes to choose from. Having been to another popular Brazilian joint in the city, I must say the ambience at Pampa could do with a touch of authentic accents of Brazil. It feels bare and barren. While the Brazillian cowboy outfits on the waiters are a good touch, they are not matched by the décor.
The Friday night live band was thoroughly entertaining, though they should also have added to the South American aura with authentic Brazilian music. Families will find the place friendly to children, as there’s a lot of space and lush grounds, and it also a favourite with groups of dinners, if last Friday night was anything to go by.
They say there are 15 cuts of roasted meats to choose from. I particularly liked the succulent chicken, pork ribs, sirloin beef and camel. The rabbit and turkey were disappointing. Pampa serves meat ‘Rodizio’ style (eat as much as you like), and they won’t stop until you turn your disc from green to red. One rodizio will cost you Sh2,150, and a glass of wine is Sh400. Happy dining!
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