Bombasha Brazilian Steakhouse Opens in Trace Space

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You may remember when Dana told you about the Rodizio Brazilian Steakhouse slated to open in Hillsboro Village in the former location of Faison's, The Trace, T's Tuscan Bar and Grille and Veranda. When I heard the name, I wondered how they were going to get away with using a name similar to a regional chain. The owners eventually rebranded the restaurant as Bombasha, and after much anticipation among Brazilian ex-pats and fans of abundant grilled meats, they opened last night.

In Portuñol, the mashup language between Spanish and Portuguese, Bombasha refers to the trousers of the gaucho, or cowboy. Waiters dressed as gauchos carve portions of meat from the same skewers on which they were cooked in the churrasqueira. As long as the paper coaster on your table is turned to the green "sim, por favor" side, the meat will keep coming. If you want to cry uncle or just take a break to digest, flip your indicator over to the red "não obridago" face.

Please take care in pronouncing the restaurant's name, and don't compliment any of the servers on their "bombacha," since that means "underpants." I learned the importance of precision in the Portuguese food language when instead of ordering a delicious coconut and seafood stew known as moqueca, I inadvertently ordered macaco. That would be monkey, which luckily was not the specialty of that particular restaurant I was visiting in Florianopolis, Brazil.

Currently, Bombasha is open for dinner Monday through Saturday from 5 to 10:30 p.m. They hope to open for lunch starting after Mother's Day. The prix fixe meal with gourmet salad bar, sides and five to seven different meat options served rodizio-style should set you back $30-$35 per person. A full bar and wine list is also available, so head on down for a caipirinha and report back here in the comments with your impressions.

Bombasha Brazilian Steakhouse
2000 Belcourt Ave., 463-0021
Bombasha Brazilian Steakhouse on Facebook, bombashastkhous on Twitter

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