There is a little place in the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ that (at least for Bill) set the standard for rodizios (Brazilian meat fests). That place is called Brasillia. Take the basic Brasillia, add the sterile charm of a hospital operating room, throw in some modern touches, and take the food down a few notches, add complimentary valet parking and you have Chima.
Tucked away on the first floor of an office park just outside the parking lot of the Tyson’s Corner Center, Chima is in one word—OK. They do try their best, the service was attentive and accommodating, the gauchos shaving meats from the two dozen or so cuts were all done very well. The salad bar was acceptable (we’ve had much better at the Texas de Brazil—another rodizio chain located in the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax). We spent the early part of New Year’s Eve at Chima where we were hooked in by the complimentary champagne (to our dismay it amounted to a three ounce glass). There were very few empty tables in the room, but don’t think there was much a wait for those who did not have reservations. Looped Cirque de Soleil performances were projected on few glass panels which did not add much to the ambiance. Perhaps they should be showing Brazilian tourism films instead.
<-- With family at Brasilia, Newark, NJ 2002