59-29 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica
Cuisine: Portuguese & American
Open: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
The Churrasqueira Restaurant is located on
Sutphin Boulevard, just a block or two past the elevated tracks of the LIRR station, and
straddles the shopping district of Jamaica and the Parsons Industrial Park. The tiny
restaurant combines traditional Portuguese delicacies with Brazilian and other Latin and
The result is dishes that are both exotic
and appealingly familiar.
I got off to a good start with the Chourico
Assado, which are grilled Portuguese sausages ($7.50) that came with grilled tomatoes in a
It was nice, but things really heated up
with the Escalopes de Vitela Grelhados, which are grilled veal cutlets sliced paper thin.
Churrasqueira offers two different kinds of
the popular codfish dishes: one a grilled version and one broiled. (Oddly they dont
serve the soupy boiled version that is synonymous with the name.)
My companion rated the paella
"excellent" and the spoonful I tasted certainly rated highly with my palate.
The best dish of the evening, however, was
the Camarao Mocambique, which our server explained is hot shrimp Mozambique style.
The bulk of the recipe is borrowed from the
12th century Moorish conquerors and, like the rest of the menu, is an intriguing taste of
Africa with a dash of down-home flavor.