A moderately priced Churrascaria in Century City.
There is nothing better for the meatocentric—
Wait, that’s not right…
Anyway, if you’re really into the animal proteins, one must find their way to a Brazilian Churrascaria, a Brazilian Steakhouse, where the good stuff is parceled out one tiny bite at a time.
The problem if with most Churrascaria’s, like the excellent, excellent Pichana is two-fold. One, you’ll stuff yourself silly if it’s an all-you-can-eat, and two you’ll go broke stuffing yourself silly, because most Churrascarias are muy expensive.
Ummba Grill in Century City seems to cut that problem in half, with a fairly ingenious compromise. It’s a Churrascaria. You can eat as much as you want, but you pay by the pound. You stack on your veggies and your choice cuts, weigh it up and pay appropriately. Rinse and repeat.
This is the second place I have send that has tried this compromise out, the first being Pampas Grill in the Farmer’s Market. I haven’t gone there yet, but I have seen the lines of people waiting to get their meat on. (My problem is that The Gumbo Pot is still just a few yards away).
The nice part about Ummba Grill is that it’s very nice. I mean tres nice. It’s got a bar. It’s got a lovely patio with flatscreens everywhere. Apparently the best time to visit is during Carnival, when Brazilian ladies of all stripes (and increasing levels of hotness) come to visit. For that alone, it’s worth coming back to.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: First off, hat’s off to any place that’s got itself a Martini Menu. Second, always roll with the Chicken Wrapped Bacon, and of course, the Pichana (the dish, not the place), which is seasoned top sirloin.
But C’mon is Chicken, Steak and Sausages (oooh, I almost forgot about the sausages). How can you go wrong?
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: While the odds of morbidly stuffing yourself silly are low, this is definitely a place to hit after your movie, lest you fall into a food coma in the middle of the climatic fight between Hulk and Thor.
Also, wine. I really recommend wine for your meal.
PARKING: I am afraid this is the one drawback. You are stuck in the massive, yet always massively crowded Century City Mall Parking Lot.
10250 Santa Monica Blvd # 200A
Los Angeles, CA