For the best Brazilian BBQ in Calgary, it doesn’t get much more authentic than Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse. Executive chef Joao Dachery and co-owner Oscar Lopez are two of the most passionate business owners I have met in a long time. The attention to detail and vision of churrasco, or Brazilian BBQ, are what keep Pampa a cut above the rest. From the authentic attire of the Gaúchos and refined carving technique, to the traditional grill straight out of Brazil, this place is the real deal.
And now for the main event…the meat. No one take Brazilian BBQ more seriously than Joao and Oscar. With 11 different BBQ options you are sure to find a new favorite. Just remember – GREEN means “I’ll try more of that please!” and RED means, “Hold on and let my stomach catch up with my eyes.”
With entirely full bellies, it was a wonder we had room for dessert. Luckily the après dinner offerings were light and airy and the perfect complement to an incredibly rich meal. We indulged in the evening’s feature dessert of bananas topped with a delicate meringue as well as the vanilla bean ice cream blended with fresh papaya and finished with a Crème de Cassis liqueur.
And speaking of liquor…when you do visit, you’re definitely going to want to try the Pampa Flight digestif to cap off the night! To the right you’ll see a Pampa server pictured standing on a chair to pour the unique liquor made of 47 different ingredients. Oscar explained that the purpose is to naturally aerate it as free falls into your shot glass. If you look carefully the liquor bottle is also encased in a huge block of ice to keep it freezing cold. You won’t want to miss out on this experience!
Overall Pampa was everything I hoped it would be and more. If you have tried it yourself be sure to leave a comment below! If you haven’t – don’t miss out! It’s the perfect place to impress someone special.
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