churrascaria: brazilian bbq @ carnaval, damansara jaya

What is a churrascaria?

A churrascaria is a Brazilian or Portuguese steakhouse. Churrasco is the cooking style, which translates roughly from the Portuguese for ‘barbecue’. However, in order to avoid confusion, it is important to state that in the rest of South America other than Brazil, the ‘barbecue’ method of cooking meat is known as asado.

Distinctly a South American style rotisserie, it owes its origins to the fireside roasts of the gaúchos of southern Brazil traditionally from the Pampa region, centuries ago. In modern restaurants, rodizio service is typically offered. Servers come to your table with knives and a skewer, on which are speared various kinds of meat, be it beef, pork, filet mignon, lamb, chicken, duck, ham (and pineapple), sausage, fish, or any other sort of local cut of meat.


I thought we should get that explained and be done with πŸ˜€

Many many days ago, The Paul, The Spongefox and I zoomed around for a bit to look for a place to have dinner. They decided on a place I’d never been to before; even though it was a bit out of my budget, I agreed because they said it was one of the things I’d have to do before I die. Or something to that effect. Or I just totally made that up, but who cares πŸ˜€ IT’S MY BLOG AND I’M A LIAR OMG πŸ˜›

Once we were seated, the manager (I think) came over and explained how the whole thing works. For the half buffet, you get to clear the entire salad bar. For the full buffet, you get to clear the entire salad bar, AND their storage of meat barbecued Brazilian style.

We opted for the full buffet, and so we helped ourselves to the salad bar while waiting for the chefs to come round our table with meats. I took note of the following dishes offered at the salad bar:

Coleslaw, green salad, macaroni, rice, potato salad, fried aubergines, kidney beans, mango kerabu, diced tomatoes in garlic and basil, wedges, deep-fried lady’s fingers with sambal, some meat and other stuff. There were altogether 18 dishes, I didn’t take any photographs because I couldn’t really be bothered πŸ˜€

Then came the meat ……

Carnaval Churrascaria - Paul and meat

The chefs, some Brazilian and some not, came around the tables with a long skewer, and if you want ’em, they’d carve you a slice there and then. Actually it was a bit scary — I kept thinking the guy was going to cut me or something — the carving knives looked bloody murderous. But they were real professional (and tolerant of my lame jokes).

I took note of the meats offered: Chicken, chicken gizzard, chicken liver, chicken sausage, smoked chicken ham, grilled prawns, fish fillet, lamb shoulder, lamb cutlets, roast beef, garlic beef, beef tri-tip, beef topside, and another cut of the cow that I forgot which.

The non-meat type also served on a skewer were: bread with sour cream (warm, crispy) and grilled pineapple (very sweet).

Carnaval Churrascaria - Fresh grilled prawns

They were all AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To quote The Spongefox,

This Brazilian meat is like orgasm in my mouth…

My favourites in order of preference: beef topside (tasted like the best ‘siu yok’ in town, grilled prawns (damn fresh!), garlic beef and lamb cutlets (extremely tender). The photo below shows the beef topside that I still yearn for at this very minute….

Carnaval Churrascaria - Excellent topside beef

For dessert we had Caramelised Banana — oven-grilled banana served with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.

Carnaval Churrascaria - Caramelised banana

I thought it was okay only.

But the beef… the prawns… the lamb………. *slurpssssssssssss*

Not a cheap affair though. The full buffet costs RM48++ per person, and the half buffet costs RM30++. Dessert was RM9++, a glass of Coke was RM5++, and a glass of water was RM1 ++. Not sure if they charge every time they refilled the water — we had one glass each.

But if ever you feel generous and would like to ‘spend’ me some Brazilian bbq, this is where we’d go yeah πŸ˜‰

Carnaval Churrascaria  - map

77 Jalan SS22/19
Damansara Jaya
Tel: 03-7725 2252
Opens daily for dinner (6pm-10.30pm)

I also added the restaurant on Wikimapia here.



  1. the banana looks like a very long cameltoe, ironically.

  2. i am on a diet… but i guess protein is good… very good… but price is indeed steep.

    desserts are bad huh, thank god i am not a fan of desserts.

  3. ehhhh…tak ajak, i love that place πŸ™

  4. Eh that one doesn’t look very nice also, the one in London better hehehe

    oh btw do they have the softdrink there? Erm…. wat is it call…… guarana i think

  5. Paul: you are so right , it’s scary

    zewt: Actually if you go to Jack’s Place or Chilli’s something similar, the steak is about the same price lor. When you think of it like that, this bbq is much much more worth it.

    Lainie: BELANJA! πŸ˜€

    Boss Lepton: ‘cos I took it with my phone camera under dim lighting mah… Not sure if they have guarana..

  6. Orgasm in the mouth eh? So can have multi-orgasms with so much meat!!

  7. “orgasm in my mouth” is just wrong.

  8. the food is delicious indeed – did you try the bbq pineapple, not to sweet yet juicy. the lamb is very good too – you should bring yr own wines. pairs quite well with the food – some nice pinot noir. if you are really into buffet – you ought to try the jampagne at iketeru restaurant @ Hilton – for that price – its really pricey but worth the dime – with all you can drink Gosset Champagne and japanese food…scallops are really fresh. Cheers!

  9. Wah their topside beef is to die for!

    I’ve been there a few times with friends and colleagues. πŸ˜‰

  10. Chapree Da Grande says:

    The dessert looked awesome! *slurps*

  11. I love that place too. My favourite’s the turkey ham.

  12. Sien… I am on vegetarian diet.

  13. you ah, after you showed me the google map, i spent one hour stalking areas and added my street address muahahha.

  14. The Lord of Doom says:

    This is something I have to try! Damn I love your coverage of such essentials of life as actual food, Suan, you are to be thanked profusely πŸ™‚

    Now, this is where I think to myself – hotdamn, it’s cheap to eat in the third world Malaysia! The full buffet for less than a quid? Sold! Twice, to the rather large brit in the corner with the manic grin on his visage =)

    Whenever I ever finally make it to KL, I’m buying you dinner Suan. Hope our SO’s don’t mind πŸ˜‰

  15. Great tip! Thx Suan..

  16. G’ooooooh! Meat! Drool! Splatter!

  17. vad3r: bring hot chick there for a kinky fest πŸ˜€

    KY : just because it’s sponge? πŸ˜›

    Mabelleme: I had the pineapple by mistake because Spongefox lied to me ΓƒΒ’Γ’β€šΒ¬Γ’β‚¬Ε“ said it was potato. Grr.. I’m not a fan of pineapples, but that was ok. Also not really into Jap food because Jap buffet is wasted on me.. I don’t take raw stuff πŸ˜€ sigh i sound so adventurous… not.

    iesnek: yeah man… whenever u go there, got a lot of ppl or not?

    Chapree: u likey? πŸ˜€

    anttyk: I don’t remember being served turkey ham tho

    moo_t: kesiannyer

    cyber-red: fun right? haha but i can use it for a max of half an hour. gets old fast

    Lord: you mean less than 10 quid πŸ˜›

    suertes: anytime πŸ™‚

    Shan: go!

  18. suweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!

    will go will go *drooling* bring hubby for dinner yumssss

  19. foxtrotecho says:

    Grate. I got mis-quoted. -_-”
    As soon as I said it, less than 5 mins later, both Paul & Suan had already mangled my statement.

  20. The Lord of Doom says:

    Doh, out by a factor of ten! Still, easily done πŸ˜‰ Anyway, I’m a man of my word, so dinner’s still on me.

  21. foxtrotecho: bloggers are liars, after all.

  22. eh not that ex leh…

    we can spend easily 20++ at starbuck for a cuppa sour coffee and a muffin. Imagine going there twice when you could be in meat heaven.

    There’s a similar one in SG. Meat more fucken meat.

    Brazil Churrascaria
    14/16 Sixth Avenue
    Tel: 6463-1923
    Open Mon-Sun: 6-10:30pm

    Girl next time you come over, I wanna bring you to this ace place called Astons Specialties. Meat that will make you weep at prices you can’t help but say cheap!

  23. it’s cheaper than bom brazil..
    mostly similar

    the war that we got was the bottled variety..
    10 bucks per bottle

    we should have known better

  24. going to climb mount KK this weekend, gonna pamper myself with i return… with this i guess.

  25. Thanks for the map. Now I know where this place is.. πŸ™‚
    So when are we going for makan?


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