Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse first came on the Alberta scene back in 2011, when they set up shop in Edmonton much to the delight of carnivores everywhere. Following a successful entry into the market, Owner
Pampa is located on 10th Avenue southwest, a street and area becoming known for it’s good eats and a hop, skip and jump away from the city centre. The restaurant boosts a large seating area, with floor to ceiling windows, marble floors and elegant, modern hues of black, white and red.
The menu here is prix fixe and an all you can eat meat palooza where a variety of meats are grilled on large skewers, Gaucho-style and brought to your table. Gauchos carve pieces of meat and serve them to you. The meat skewers keep coming around until you signal them to stop by flipping your circular disc from green to red. If you decide on more flip it back to green and the entourage of meat begins again. This parade of meat offers up 10 different options including: picanha (beef rumpsteak), picanha com alho (beef rumpsteak with garlic), alcatra (beef top sirloin), fraldinha (beef bottom sirloin), contra-file (beef ribeye), linquica de porco (pork sausage), lombo de porco com queijo parmesao (pork loin with parmesan cheese), coxa de frango (chicken drumstick), sobrecoxa de frango (chicken thigh wrapped in bacon), and pernil de cordeiro (leg of lamb). The servers will also cook the meat to your liking. Too rare? No problem, back to the grill it goes for a 10 second sear and brought back to your table exactly how you like it.
If salad is more your style with a hint of meat on the side, you can fill your plate with a large variety of items. There are hot dishes in the “bar” to choose from like stroganoff and Brazilian black bean stew, a variety of salads to tantalize your taste buds including potato, rice, pasta, quinoa and the green variety. Fresh veggies, fruits, pickles and small charcuterie offering including carpaccio is a delightful treat. The plate of roasted garlic and fresh made chimichurri are delicious accompaniments to the grilled meat.
If you have room for dessert, it’s highly recommended. Creative and light, they bring a sampling of dessert choices to your table, delicately describing each one. Just you try and say no after drooling through the entire presentation. Compliment it with Brazilian coffee and then prepare to waddle back to your vehicle, full but content.
Having experienced Brazilian style restaurants before (Cuba and Vancouver) Pampa was not our first Brazilian churrasco. Pampa offers diners a unique experience, with no pressure to eat yourself silly, but instead an opportunity to experience your senses; smell the roasting meat, converse with your company and the servers, really taste the food and eat at your leisure, feel the textures, hear the meat sizzling over the hot coals, and enjoy the experience.
Pampa invited us to celebrate their one year anniversary with them and we delighted at the opportunity to enjoy an evening away from the kids. Opinions expressed in this post are entirely mine.
From January 4 – February 29, Pampa is celebrating their one year anniversary in Calgary by offering up some great deals including discounts and a complementary glass of Brazilian Sparkling Wine (18 yrs). A great opportunity to try a new restaurant, new style of eating, celebrate Valentine’s day or take the family out for dinner.