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  • Churrasco Restaurant in Phuket

    The South American Steakhouse in Patong Beach

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    Meat is King in South America. Almost every country near the Cordillera claims to have the best chicken, beef and pork and they all do excellent versions of their own speciality but arguably Argentina delivers the most succulent asados (so they should – it’s their national dish) and steaks. The old legend of the gauchos riding all day long with a steak under their saddle to tenderize it is actually true, if not somewhat unhygienic.

    In Latin America a Churrascaria is a restaurant serving grilled meat while ‘Churrasco’ is a Portuguese and Spanish term meaning grilled meat in general. So there are no prizes for figuring out what is served up nightly at Churrasco, located in Jungceylon – Patong’s premium shopping mall.

  • Churrasco is not a large restaurant although it does offer al-fresco dining as well as seating in an open-sided air-conditioned space with olive-green, pastel red and white walls. Photos of fierce-looking Gauchos, boleros and prancing horses hang on one wall, with a board bearing dish suggestions on another. Background music is largely Latin American with a fair share of guitar ballads that you’d hear live in Buenos Aires or Santiago de Chile.

    Located at the mouth of the eastern gate of Jungceylon it’s a good place to watch the shoppers milling by and to observe the quirkiness of Aussies on holiday; sunburned Brits; shy Chinese couples; veiled Middle Eastern ladies; hustling taxi drivers, and people who actually think it’s cool to wear socks in sandals.

    We attack our first dish with relish – nachos with cheese (250 baht) – an absolute minefield of flavours and textures with accents of cumin and just enough piquancy to power it into true Latin territory. Three chunks of beef cheeks in a wine sauce (450 baht) are next and they’re so tender and yielding that the dish is almost an art form. This is accompanied by a baked potato in its skin with sour cream (90 baht).

    Churrasco Machoburger (450 baht) is perfectly named for a plate that’s a challenge to finish because of its sheer bulk. Make no mistake: Churrasco is a place for people who want, no demand – their meat fix in a way that goes straight to the jugular. Of course Churrasco is famous for its wide range of steaks from Australia and wagyu steak from Japan and many people keep coming back time after time for these excellent dishes.

    There’s also a fine choice of happy juices at Churrasco with mostly South American labels (both chilled and unchilled) along with a good and robust cocktail list for those who prefer tequila with their T-bone.

    • Nachos Tijuana
    • Modern and unpretentious setting
    • Machoburger (300g of Aussie meat!)
    • Lamb sausages
    • Photos of South America
    • Located right at the entrance of Jungceylon's Sino Phuket

    Churrasco Steakhouse

    • Opening Hours: 11:00 – late
    • Location: Eastern side of Jungceylon (Sino Phuket Alley)
    • Remarks: Churrasco is the sister restaurant of Rodizio – another gathering place of carnivores and just as international. Meat lovers take note.
    • Tel: 076-366 723
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