If you only visit one steak house in your entire life, make sure it is a Brazilian
churrascaria, and if you happen to live in Houston make sure you go to Nelore
Churrascaria in Montrose.
So few words do it justice in describing the experience at Nelore; Meat-a-palooza,
steak-gauntlet, a carne-carnival take your pick none of them come close to
embody the ridiculous portions and variety of protein that will pass before
The concept for a churrascaria is simple: 1.) Sit down and flip a marker indicating you are
ready to be fed, 2.) Waiters carrying meat on skewers will come to your table
and fill up you body to capacity.
Let me just say this, to get the full experience and full enjoy your dinner, fast the whole
day, make sure you have as much space in your stomach as possible.
The style of service at Nelore, is known as gaucho, where waiters simply bring you wave
after wave of skewered meats to be carved tableside.
Like a steak brothel, the 15 cuts meats offered are paraded in front of you for you to
choose, ranging from Parmesan crusted pork chops, salt crusted Ribeye, to leg
of lamb, ah… decisions, decisions, thank goodness it is all you can eat.
The quality of meat is incredible, the secret is the open fire to roast the meat and keeping the seasonings to a
minimum of salt, garlic, and few light herbs allows the flavors of the meat to
come through in it’s purest form.
Clearly this is not a place famous for the salad bar, though it is pretty good, serving Brazilian fair such as
cheese bread, pickled vegetables, and other things that aren’t meat.
I am not trying to be anti-salad bar because they do have some great dishes, but in all
respects, this is a Brazilian steak house, the salad bar is merely meant to
distract the diner until his or her food arrives.
For those carnivores, like myself, who indulge in organ meats, ask for the chicken hearts
you might have to wait but rest assured it is well worth it, with a squeeze of
lime without a doubt the tastiest part of the whole bird.
This is an almost religious experience for any steak lover, if there is a god and he or
she eats steak, not other place would suffice than Nelore.
Places like these deserve praise, though they might not get Kobe beef steak flown in like
most high end steak houses do, Nelore’s primalistic cooking techniques of a
fire pit are incredibly simplistic yet beautiful, truly a wonder why more
restaurants don’t adopt this style of meat preparation.
If you haven’t slipped into a protein induced coma and still finding yourself wanting
something sweet, the papaya ice cream milk shake is the only way to go, I was
surprised how much I liked it not being a huge fan of the fruit, but trust that
you will not regret it after your first taste; of course you might if you end
up suffering a massive heart attack due to the amount of meat you have ingested
in such a short amount of time, but what a way to go.
4412 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006-5826