A few weeks ago Mike, myself and our friend Bob went to the new Brazillian Steak house in Philly called Chima. Having been to Fogo de Chaos at least a dozen times (for lunch) I was curious to see how Chima stacked up.
Bob was a bit tardy as he works in Jersey, so I had a few moments to walk around the place and take a few covert photos. This is the area to the right when you walk through the doors, the bar is right behind me.
with this interesting “fireplace” in the window area
This is a seating area near the bar. I was really impressed with the decoration of the place. Very comfortable, intimate and upscale, but not too pretentious . Center City Sips Happy Hour – Every Wednesday http://www.chimasteakhouse.com/events_details.cfm?id=82
This is the hallway that leads to the restrooms and kitchen. I love this slate room divider. This theme is carried out on the outside of the building, which I will show you shortly.
Finally Bob arrived and we were seated in the side room which I was not a fan of. It was really quiet, we didn’t feel as if we were part of the festive crowd, and as you can see there were a few open tables in the main area. If I were Chima I would probably put couples, seniors or double daters in the side room. Not three guys who want to be closer to the action and excitement of the room.
Although maybe they wanted us to see the sunset, which was quite nice from this room.
The overall view of the room with lots of busy servers slicing beef
If you read my review about Fago, you know I LOVE LOVE LOVE their salad bar, but surprisingly Chima had more choices at the salad bar than expected- rice, beans, and soup, something that I don’t recall Fago having. And the food wasn’t piled so high that the tomatos would roll down the side and onto the floor, like what happened to me at Fago.
Both restaurants have the BRING ME MORE FOOD, OR STOP MY EYES ARE BIGGER THAN MY STOMACH cards, signalling the waiters to slice another meat for you or not. My favorites were the fillet mignon, lamb chops, and the swordfish, salmon and shrimp; it was nice to have something in there besides beef.
Last night Chima had a special event. Lorraine Bracco, the Brooklyn-born actress showcased some of her latest wines from her private label Bracco Wines at Chima. Chima carries three of the varieties of her wine, the Primativo, “It’s a hearty, original Zinfandel grape; [you] can pair it with meat, or I love it with a pizza,” she says. In addition to, The Bracco Pinot Grigio and Montepulciano.
There was a little red carpet event; here comes Henri David, I said loudly and proud that I recognized a PhilaCelebrity
Opps no it was WMGK’s John DeBella and his wife Lisa. better get my eyes checked. (They were at Chima’s the night I ate there too)
Here is the new Press Director of the Philadelphia Film Festival, Matt Ray, his friend Andrew, who’s architectural firm designed Stir, the bar I wrote about last week; and founder of BUCKmonkey PR, James Duggan.
The Philly paparazzi or celebrity photographers were out in force. Here’s Thom Cardwell on the red carpet being lit up by the a couple of Philly’s own.
Dave Huddleston, FOX 29’s anchor, his wife Tracey, John Bolaris, FOX 29’s Chief Meteorologist and the always sweet Kerri-Lee Halkett
Anne Marie Green and her friend. I thanked Anne Marie profusely for the nice piece she did on and I a few weeks back regarding Philadelphia paparazzi. She and cameraman Michael did a great job. I was fascinated how she turned a 30 minute interviewed in to a very comprehensive 2.12 min spot.
Here’s that slate theme that I spoke about inside; and another beauty Loraine Bracco, looking slimmer than ever in person. I just shot her at the SATC premiere, and she looked great then, I am so jealous, but tonight oh la la, smokin
talk about smoking, Kerri Lee is by far the smokiest anchor person in Philly and really sweet too. http://kerrileetv.com/
So when you have a chance check out Chima, you won’t be disappointed. The food is delicious, the waiters attentive, the salad bar fresh, the ambiance is the real winner here. The space is beautiful, warm and inviting. And while taking it all in, enjoy a glass or two of Lorraine Bracco’s wine.
1901 John F. Kennedy Blvd.215-525-3233 Chima is an elegant Brazilian churrascaria chain that employs traditional rodizio-style service — gaucho-pantsed waiters roam the floor, doling out generous skewered portions of pork, lamb, chicken, fish, sausage and multiple cuts of beef to beckoning diners. Featuring ample veggies, soups and fresh-baked breads, a decked-out salad bar offers some slightly less sin-of-the-flesh fare. Open Mon.-Thu., 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri., 5:30-10 p.m.; Sat., 4:30-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 3:30-9 p.m.