An inside look at Brazil Terra Grill - the next Brazilian steakhouse to hit the metro
The newest Brazilian steakhouse in the Des Moines metro is now open. Brazil Terra Grill in West Des Moines features a churrasco dining experience. Des Moines Register
Another Brazilian steakhouse has opened in the metro, serving an unhurried all-you-can-eat churrascaria dining experience for lunch and dinner.
Brazil Terra Grill at 2800 University Avenue in West Des Moines opened on Wednesday, Dec. 11 in the Clocktower Square shopping center. It's the second Brazilian steakhouse to open in Des Moines, with meats presented tableside by gauchos in uniform.
Owner Kleber de Souza grew up in southern Brazil and has brought his nation's style of dining to this 240-seat space next to Gusto Pizza. The space includes a spacious lounge with TVs and an outdoor patio for summer dining.
About 20 different kinds of hot-off-the-grill meats and other delicacies make their way through the dining room to be carved tableside including:
- Bottom sirloin (alcatra)
- Barbecued beef
- Garlic steak
- Short ribs (costela)
- Terra Grill steak (maminha)
- Bacon-wrapped steak
- Top Sirloin
- Brazilian roast (assado)
- Marinated chicken
- Spicy chicken
- Barbecued chicken
- Bacon-wrapped chicken
- Parmesan pork
- Spicy pork
- Brazilian sausage (linguiça)
- Mango fish
- Marinated lamb
- Grilled pineapple
- Grilled vegetables
- Chicken hearts (upon request)
The full churrasco experience includes unlimited trips to the gourmet salad bar (adults, $38.99; children 8-12, $14.99). Gauchos will spot the wooden hourglass on your table painted red on one end and green at the other. If the green side faces up, they will approach your table. Turn the hourglass over to the red side and the gauchos will stop.
For lunch, a scaled-down selection of 10 beef, chicken and pork dishes are offered along with grilled pineapple (adults, $17.99; children 8-12, $9.99) and includes the gourmet salad bar.
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Servers provide drink and menu service and each order comes with side dishes like Brazilian cheese bread, fried polenta and fried bananas coated with cinnamon sugar.
Children seven and under eat free with a paying adult.
Specialty skewers of marinated shrimp ($9.99), bacon-wrapped scallops ($12.99) and filet mignon ($14.99) can be ordered separately.
Gourmet Salad Bar
The gourmet salad bar at Brazil Terra Grill offers an assortment of fresh fruit, pasta salads, marinated and fresh vegetables, cold cuts, cheeses and hot dishes like rice, black beans, salpicão (a stir-fry beef dish with garlic and chilies) along with other soups and stews.
And look for farofa — a breadcrumb-like dish made from cassava that can be sprinkled on meats and stews to accentuate their flavor.
The salad bar is $11.99 for lunch and $22.99 for dinner.
Enjoy caipirinha, the signature cocktail of Brazil along with a variation called the Copa Caipirinha, made with Leblon Cachaça, simple syrup and lime, along with a choice of muddled strawberry, pineapple or mango ($7).
Moscow mules can be ordered in traditional, cucumber-lime, grapefruit-jalapeño and clementine varieties ($7)
The wine list covers all the bases. Moscato, prosecco, riesling, pinot grigio, rosé, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay make up the list of white wines. Reds include pinot noir, zinfandel, merlot, malbec, carmenere, cabernet sauvignon and blends. Bottles range from $26 to $50 for whites and $26 to $56 for reds.
Most bottle selections are available by the glass in six or nine-ounce pours ($7 to $16). The house wine is Canyon Road, available by the glass ($6 or $8) or by the bottle ($22) and includes chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, merlot and cabernet sauvignon.
On draft, 12 selections of domestic ($5), import and craft ($6) are available including Bud Light and Coors Light, Stella Artois and Modelo Especial, Confluence IPA and Firetrucker Burnout Brown.
Over 20 kinds of beer can be ordered by the bottle, also in domestic ($4), import and craft ($5) varieties.
Refillable non-alcoholic beverages include Pepsi products, coffee, tea and Brazilian lemonade made from fresh limes and sweetened condensed milk ($2.50 to $3.75). Look for cans of Guarana Antarctica, a Brazilian soda and bottles of sparkling and still water ($2.99 to $3.50).
Specialty juice beverages like pineapple-guava, coconut-mango and açai-pomegranate are also available ($3.95 to $4.25).
Five kinds of Brazilian desserts are available to make the perfect ending to your meal ($4.95 to $5.95):
- Brazil Terra Grill Mousse Trio - passion fruit, white chocolate-raspberry and chocolate
- Pudim de leite - a Brazilian caramel flan with caramel sauce
- Brigadeiro chocolate cake - chocolate cake topped with a traditional Brazilian fudge
- Mango cake - made with mango mousse
- Doce de leite churro - fried pastry filled with caramel and served with a scoop of ice cream
Brazil Terra Grill Steakhouse
Location: 2800 University Ave., #405, West Des Moines
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; closed Sundays.