Chamas is a Brazilian restaurant tucked away on the ground floor of the Crowne Plaza.
Despite the brunch having the word "Carnival" in the name, there’s not much of a party atmosphere going on, and on arrival the place is pretty empty.
There’s a buffet for salads and desserts, but as for the mains, you’re given a card to flip over. The green side means "bring me meat", while the red side means "stop".
And for the next few hours of the brunch (if you’ve remembered to turn your card over), staff will keep coming round and round, with different skewers and cuts of meat, including beef, lamb, duck and chicken. It’s all delicious, but it soon starts piling up if you don’t eat fast enough.
If you’re a vegetarian, you’ll get your exercise from the repeat trips to the salad bar, as the only thing that’ll be brought round suitable for you is the grilled pineapple – a good palate cleanser in between slabs of steak.
As for the drinks, you can help yourself to bottles of hops or grape, and there’s also a small selection of Brazilian mixed drinks – but not much else.
There aren’t many side dishes to go with the meat, apart from some polenta fries and more salad.
Desserts include some Brazilian delicacies such as brigadeiros; moreish balls of chocolate, pistachios, or coconut that are certainly worth saving some space for.
There’s also a chocolate fountain – it wouldn’t be brunch without one – but sadly there’s not much to dip in it apart from slices of melon.
The brunch promises a carnival, but don’t go along expecting that. A live band plays some Brazilian songs, but if you’re after a party atmosphere then you might have to create that yourself.
Still, if you turn up expecting an abundance of meat, you’ll be just fine.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages). Buffet and à la carte. Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
The Bottom Line
Perfect if you're happy to eat endless slabs of meat.