Table Hopping: Trying Churrasco Grill, One Year Late

A friend recommended Churrasco Grill a year ago and we put it on our to-try list. After eating here recently, we were sorry we did not try this small, 36-seat, neighborhood gem sooner. It was that enjoyable. The drab décor did not shout out to us but the food certainly did.

CHURRASCO GRILL, LAKE HIAWATHA
When seated, warm bread and butter in foil is placed on the table. The friendly waiter thoroughly answered our questions, especially about the Peruvian and Argentinian dishes on the menu. Then a long list of specials were recited, without their prices, and one item, bronzino, which we ordered, was listed as market price. We did not ask what anything cost and to our consternation were quite surprised when we were presented with our bill. More on this soon.

Our senses were on full alert, as we could smell and hear our food sizzling on the wood grill behind a partition separating the kitchen and small dining room. Starters were two large beef and two chicken empanadas served with a spicy green sauce. My entrée was churrasco, a perfectly grilled and meltingly tender skirt steak that was accompanied by a grilled potato and a lovely combination of romaine lettuce, string beans, and spinach. Lowell’s fresh tasting, grilled, whole bronzino could easily have served two. The charred skin and firm, white, delicate interior just needed a squeeze of lemon to liven it up.

All seven desserts (bread pudding, coffee cheese cake, rice pudding, flan, tiramisu and alfajores) except the ice cream are made in house. We ordered the alfajores, butter cookies with dulce de leche filling. It was a sweet ending for a satisfying meal.

Be forewarned that the price range for the entrees was $10.95 for a half chicken to the most expensive menu item of rack of lamb for $28.95. The MP bronzino was $36.

Churrasco Grill is open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner; Saturday and Sunday for dinner. The restaurant gets busy even on weekdays so be sure to make a reservation.

Churrasco Grill
137 N Beverwyck Road
Lake Hiawatha
973-263-1590
BYO
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