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PAMPAS BRAZILIAN GRILLE ******   LOCATION: LAS VEGAS Website: http://www.pampasusa.com/ Located at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Pampas is a very hustling and bustling Brazilian Churrascaria I would not recommend to visit without a reservation. If you happen to be a fan of Rodizio dining (so basically the all you can eat variant), this would be the venue to consider! When we got there (I booked about a week prior), every single table was occupied, despite the restaurant being kind of huge and there were quite a few people (presumably walk-ins) waiting to be seated. The hostess took us to our place right away, a cozy little spot in the corner and from then on our evening commenced to be a never ending array of delicious food, lovely service and great fun had by all. Without a doubt fuelled by alcohol, fat and sugar, our great mood was oozing out of every happily overworked pore. In fact spirits could only be described as so high that if we were any more ecstatic, we would be running the risk of being accused of dubbing into some substances not strictly legal.  But why would anybody bother? When life can be so beautiful just enjoying the simple things, like an awesome meal at a great restaurant! The ambience of the place is very pleasant, but it’s so busy it can get quite loud. The dim lights, however, make it possible to enjoy a certain degree of intimacy among the crowd, because it’s so dark you can’t see that far anyway.  They offer a full menu, with numerous a la carte choices in every category for those who prefer to remain moderate in their consumption. We, however, opted, for the Ultimate Surf&Turf Rodizio dinner. For $50 a person it’s a bit expensive, but we considered it absolutely worth the price. Make sure you go there hungry and you will certainly eat enough to turn it into a good deal! As far as the food choices go, you can obviously sample all of the meat, fish and seafood dishes grilled on big skewers. You will be given an indicator, which you can turn to green (that signals you want more) or red, which tells them to discontinue service for the moment. The waiters come directly to your table and carve chunks of your chosen delicacy right in front of your eyes. They cruise around the restaurant constantly and we could barely keep up with eating what we had stuffed on our plates before the next one would show up. Some of their offerings include: Contra-file (garlic & shallot marinated sirloin), Frango (tender chicken breasts wrapped in bacon), Linguica Calabresa (house-made pork sausage with harissa and chilies), Maminha De Alcatra (tender tri tip roast seasoned with sea salt), Gulf Shrimp glazed with Garlic Butter and many more. All the above-mentioned dishes tasted very good, although I must admit that I probably managed to acquire my weekly dose of sodium in that one evening, as the chefs are definitely not stingy with the salt. Besides all this protein, at your disposal you have a whole buffet full of salads, vegetables, side- dishes, soups and fruit. We did not actually indulge in those that much, our philosophy being that our stomachs can only hold a certain amount, so why would you fill it with vegetables when you can eat meat??? Just kidding, I am obviously very big on healthy eating, but we were so excited to try all the different Churrascaria creations we figured it would be all right to be bad for one evening! We decided to end our culinary escapades with some dessert and were rewarded by probably the best tiramisu I have ever laid my eyes on. Granted I don’t indulge in sweets very often (hardly ever actually), but I can still recognize good cake when I gobble it down discreetly! By then we feared we would have to kindly request that the waiter provides us with a couple of wheel-chairs (we would then gracefully wheel ourselves to the parking garage), as walking at our current state of gluttony aftermath seemed a very remote and unachievable task. And you know, he was so nice and enthusiastic about everything (meeting us, the food, life in general), I would not be surprised if he actually obliged. Maybe he would have even offered to push us to our oh so distant vehicle in a wheelbarrow if nothing else became available? It’s not exactly travelling in style, but hey, if you’re desperate? Necessity being the mother of invention and so on. Needless to say you will not catch me complaining about the service. The only thing I did not like about the experience were their cocktails. Way too sweet, I think the flavor completely went under with all this sugar excess. I would probably not order those again. But all in all Pampas belongs to our more successful dining outings, we enjoyed ourselves there immensely and I would absolutely recommend it to anybody who wants to go a little wild with the food for one evening and party like the Brazilians. No wonder they’re always in such a good mood. What I don’t understand, however, is why, why on Earth, are they also in such a good shape???
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PAMPAS BRAZILIAN GRILLE ******   LOCATION: LAS VEGAS Website: http://www.pampasusa.com/ Located at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Pampas is a very hustling and bustling Brazilian Churrascaria I would not recommend to visit without a reservation. If you happen to be a fan of Rodizio dining (so basically the all you can eat variant), this would be the venue to consider! When we got there (I booked about a week prior), every single table was occupied, despite the restaurant being kind of huge and there were quite a few people (presumably walk-ins) waiting to be seated. The hostess took us to our place right away, a cozy little spot in the corner and from then on our evening commenced to be a never ending array of delicious food, lovely service and great fun had by all. Without a doubt fuelled by alcohol, fat and sugar, our great mood was oozing out of every happily overworked pore. In fact spirits could only be described as so high that if we were any more ecstatic, we would be running the risk of being accused of dubbing into some substances not strictly legal.  But why would anybody bother? When life can be so beautiful just enjoying the simple things, like an awesome meal at a great restaurant! The ambience of the place is very pleasant, but it’s so busy it can get quite loud. The dim lights, however, make it possible to enjoy a certain degree of intimacy among the crowd, because it’s so dark you can’t see that far anyway.  They offer a full menu, with numerous a la carte choices in every category for those who prefer to remain moderate in their consumption. We, however, opted, for the Ultimate Surf&Turf Rodizio dinner. For $50 a person it’s a bit expensive, but we considered it absolutely worth the price. Make sure you go there hungry and you will certainly eat enough to turn it into a good deal! As far as the food choices go, you can obviously sample all of the meat, fish and seafood dishes grilled on big skewers. You will be given an indicator, which you can turn to green (that signals you want more) or red, which tells them to discontinue service for the moment. The waiters come directly to your table and carve chunks of your chosen delicacy right in front of your eyes. They cruise around the restaurant constantly and we could barely keep up with eating what we had stuffed on our plates before the next one would show up. Some of their offerings include: Contra-file (garlic & shallot marinated sirloin), Frango (tender chicken breasts wrapped in bacon), Linguica Calabresa (house-made pork sausage with harissa and chilies), Maminha De Alcatra (tender tri tip roast seasoned with sea salt), Gulf Shrimp glazed with Garlic Butter and many more. All the above-mentioned dishes tasted very good, although I must admit that I probably managed to acquire my weekly dose of sodium in that one evening, as the chefs are definitely not stingy with the salt. Besides all this protein, at your disposal you have a whole buffet full of salads, vegetables, side-dishes, soups and fruit. We did not actually indulge in those that much, our philosophy being that our stomachs can only hold a certain amount, so why would you fill it with vegetables when you can eat meat??? Just kidding, I am obviously very big on healthy eating, but we were so excited to try all the different Churrascaria creations we figured it would be all right to be bad for one evening! We decided to end our culinary escapades with some dessert and were rewarded by probably the best tiramisu I have ever laid my eyes on. Granted I don’t indulge in sweets very often (hardly ever actually), but I can still recognize good cake when I gobble it down discreetly! By then we feared we would have to kindly request that the waiter provides us with a couple of wheel-chairs (we would then gracefully wheel ourselves to the parking garage), as walking at our current state of gluttony aftermath seemed a very remote and unachievable task. And you know, he was so nice and enthusiastic about everything (meeting us, the food, life in general), I would not be surprised if he actually obliged. Maybe he would have even offered to push us to our oh so distant vehicle in a wheelbarrow if nothing else became available? It’s not exactly travelling in style, but hey, if you’re desperate? Necessity being the mother of invention and so on. Needless to say you will not catch me complaining about the service. The only thing I did not like about the experience were their cocktails. Way too sweet, I think the flavor completely went under with all this sugar excess. I would probably not order those again. But all in all Pampas belongs to our more successful dining outings, we enjoyed ourselves there immensely and I would absolutely recommend it to anybody who wants to go a little wild with the food for one evening and party like the Brazilians. No wonder they’re always in such a good mood. What I don’t understand, however, is why, why on Earth, are they also in such a good shape???
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