I would easily say one of the city’s only authentic Brazilian Churrascaria experience, Frevo is ideally suited for gatherings of families and friends in the mood for fun, frivolity and flavourful food.
Savour succulent cuts of meat, all served in espeto corridor style, originating from South Brazil where skewers of lamb, beef and chicken are carved at the table. Boasting a large selection of exotic and colourful salads with a Salad-ista preparing customized dishes for guests, Frevo also features a large collection of cachaça (distilled beverage made of sugar cane) based cocktails, including the world famous Caipirinha.
The staff were very welcoming and warm – each of the waiters and waitresses we spoke to had an easy, chatty manner. They were also refreshingly well versed with the concept and the dishes, and the necessity of explaining both to guests who may be unfamiliar with Brazilian barbecue. Their training was evident in the easy manner in which the waitress let slip that Frevo also now hosts a Friday brunch, without any major sense that we were being upsold.
First we refreshed our palates with an excellent Latin-inspired mocktail, using kaffir lime for an ultra-fresh edge. Then we signed up for the set menu, which included soup, fried banana and bread, salad from the buffet, and as much meat as we could handle from the barbecue, accompanied by traditional sides.
The soup arrived in a terrine at the table, and was dished up by our waitress (alongside that news of brunch). Dubbed ‘Paulista soup’, inspired by the city of São Paulo, it was an uncomplicated but pleasant recipe, with a simple broth, pieces of beef and large chunks of vegetable. Accompanying it was a basket of wonderful bread, including a delicious caramelised onion-stuffed pastry wheel, pão de queijo and an excellent olive oil-laden focaccia-style bread. We also enjoyed the fried bananas, which were, to my surprise, definitely banana (as stated) not plantain (as assumed).
Next, we were out of our chairs and up to the salad buffet, which featured a decent selection: everything looked reasonably fresh and interesting, including basic components to make your own salad, plus a selection of cheeses. We tried some decent smoked salmon and smoked mackerel, a few melting slices of beef carpaccio, a salad of palm hearts and some nicely roasted Mediterranean-style vegetables.
Once we were finished, the waiter flicked a switch on the bottom of a little box at our table, illuminating it in green and signifying to the passing waiters that we were ready for some barbecue. The selection of skewers seemed to arrive so quickly, that we felt as though we barely had time to try each variety before more arrived. The meat was good quality and well prepared, although unfortunately, I seemed to get some fairly well-done corners each time a different style of beef came round. We were offered a selection of beef and chicken: of that, the garlic-glazed striploin and bacon-wrapped chicken stood out as the most enjoyable.
At this stage, after all the bread and meat, we were unable to cope with a dessert, despite the waitress being a touch pushy that we should try one. Frevo is a strong all-round contender, offering a positive experience, with enjoyable food and good service.
As for the atmosphere you get live music each night will reflect the vibrant tempo of Brazilian carnival.
Massive thumbs up!
I also discovered they do Friday brunch
They offers a selection of 15 different cuts of meat, barbecued and served at your table. Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (selected beverages) Dhs435 (bubbly) Timings: Noon-3pm (Friday)
Al Fresco seating available
Hours of Operation
Saturday to Wednesday 7:00pm to 11:30pm
Thursday 7:00pm to 12:00am
Fridays 12:00pm to 3:30pm and 7:00pm to 12:00am
Email: [email protected] or Call: +971 4 457 3457