Over the past decade my sweetie and I have created our own New Year’s tradition. It developed first as a result of necessity, but it has become something we look forward to with excitement at the close/start of every year.
Our anniversary happens to land very near the end of December. Several years ago work kept us both so busy and our schedules so crazy that the only evening we had to celebrate the anniversary was New Year’s Eve. Not only that, but I actually had to work later that evening. Yes, I had to work on New Year’s Eve, and I’m not in the restaurant business. Go figure. Anyway, we got a reservation for an early New Year’s seating at a restaurant neither one of us had been to before. What we found was that the mood was extremely festive (decorations up, staff ready for a full night and lots of business), but we weren’t battling hordes of people and struggling to carry on a conversation over the din of a huge crowd. We had a blast, and that was it. We repeated it and repeated it …. A new tradition was born!!
Now each year we find a new restaurant – one neither of us has been to – for New Year’s Eve. We book an early seating, and we experience food and wine, etc. that we’ve never had. It’s “something new” for New Year’s and an enjoyable commemoration of yet another year together.
This year we decided to go to Chima located in Tysons Corner. Neither of us had been to a Brazilian Steakhouse before, so we were keen on seeing what was in store. It was amazing! A little pricey, to be sure, but it was a real experience. You pay a set fee which includes an all-you-can eat salad bar as well as all-you-can eat meats which are brought to your table by the ubiquitous staff. They give you a little circular “feed me/don’t feed me” card to tell the folks if you’re interested in meat at a given time. And they do come zipping right over when they see you want meat. They also did a nice job of finding out what we were most interested in having more of as the evening progressed. We rolled out of there sated beyond belief.
Extras outside of the main dinner fee include any drinks beyond tap water as well as dessert. They had a nifty electronic pad as their menu and plenty of wines on it to choose from. I thought about ordering a bottle, but I wanted to try more than one selection on their list. So I ordered my vino by the glass.
Alta Vista Malbec , Mendoza, Argentina, was a surprisingly fruity selection. In accompaniment with the meat, it was a fairly well-behaved, glass of wine – nice with the pork and chicken but perhaps a little shy on structure when up against some of the red meats.
True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California was a big, bold mouthful of currant and cherry flavor with medium tannins. I found it a nice match for my dinner. Yes, I think I ate more red meat that night than I did during all the rest of 2015. Ha!
We had a great time at Chima. The food was excellent, the staff were friendly, efficient, and helpful. What’s not to like?