Wine Dine and Play: Frevo Restaurant, Dubai

Frevo Restaurant, Dubai

Frevo restaurant in Dubai is a Latin mix of cultural cuisine

Frevo Is Not Your Typical Churrascaria
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
Cuisine Style: Brazilian, Latin
Average Price: $$$
Overall Rating: 5/5
Article Updated: July 27, 2018
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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Restaurant Name Zomato rating:

Frevo - Fairmont The Palm Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Executive Chef:
Alain Gobeil
Chef Alain Gobeil at the Frevo restaurant in Dubai

Sous Chef:
Victor Leme 
Sous Chef Victor Leme at the Frevo restaurant in Dubai, UAE

Frevo At the Fairmont Hotel, Palm Jumeriah, is a Brazilian Churrascaria at its best, and it has never tasted so good. As I explored OpenTable before visiting Dubai, and I was in the mood for a Brazilian Steakhouse, and all the top searches came back with the name Frevo, and let me tell you, that it now tops the list of the best Churrasco style restaurants I have ever eaten at. I tried Fogo de Chão in Atlanta, and Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse in Niagara, Canada, but it is the subtle differences at the end that make all the differences in the world. When I was seated, as normal, the server explained how the meal would proceed, as Churrascaria is a new style that not everyone is familiar with yet. This is when I began to notice the small differences. Normally they say to get the salad from the salad bar, flip your coaster from red to green, and the server/chef’s start coming over to carve the meats onto your plate.

Menu - The Frevo Experience:
    • Cheese Breads
    • Paulista soup
    • Brazilian Salad Bar
    • Churrasco Festival
    • Side Dishes
    • Sauces
    • Desserts / Sobremesa
    • Vegetarian Experience 

Here, however, they offered a different set standard. At first, they brought out an assortment of bread consisting of Halomi Parmesan pão de queijo, onion bread, and garlic bread, served with ricotta butter mixed with chives. A little later, they brought out some fried plantanos, followed by a San Paulo Brazilian Beef Soup with kidney beans, carrots, and potatoes. Once this was complete, then I took a stroll to the salad bar, where they had assortments and varieties of salad from all over the world. To cater to the middle east they had couscous salad, some smoked salmon, assorted cheese platters, fresh vegetables, a Greek salad, Aubergine, and beef, but most of all, and my favorite on the list, the Brazilian Tubule Salad, very similar to a Middle Eastern tabouli.

A starter of fried plantains at the Frevo restaurant Fairmont Hotel in Dubai
Frevo / Fried plantains 

At this point, I needed to rest and make room because the main part of the event was to come. Therefore, to pass the time, I started up a conversation with my waiter who was from India, the Chef from San Paulo, and the restaurant manager who was from Mexico. Now in most Brazilian style steakhouses, the tables have a coaster that is red on one side and green on the other. At Frevo, they had a little lightbox on the table, where you pressed a button to illuminate it with either the red or the green color. Once the green came on the kitchen went into action and began delivering and carving the assorted meats. First, the server brought out three side dishes with sauces that were to accompany the meat selections. This was also known to my experiences. The first side dish was Fried Biro Biro Rice with a spicy gaúcho sauce which was tomato with Texas Pete, not the South American Cowboy. Then the second side dish was a Farofa served with a Chimichurri Sauce, and finally, a black bean Stew served with a hot peppercorn sauce.

Assorted salads at Frevo in Dubai
Frevo / Assorted Salads

From the college of pictures below from left to right is the Biro Biro rice, followed by a person holding a skewer of chicken legs. Next on the list is flank steak, chicken wrapped in beef bacon, because remember this is the Middle East, so no pork, which is unfortunate. Can you imagine how good this menu would be if you added pork? Then we have chicken thighs, top sirloin, beef short ribs, and ending out the second column was the lamb chops. I added some chimichurri sauce to the top as you could see in the picture. On the third row, we have New York strip loin, picanha, garlic sirloin filet, and the wine I had to drink, a wonderful Spanish wine called Marqués de Cáceres Tinto Crianza, Rioja 2008. According to the winemaker, it is a dense burgundy red color with darker highlights. Profound, aromatic bouquet with hints of “picota” cherries, raspberries, eucalyptus and spices that add complexity. Deliciously full with firm tannins enriched by the dark fruits of the forest (blackberries, blueberries) and toasted notes. Luscious with good length and a refreshing finish. On the forth a final row we have Leg of lamb, rib eye steak, and roasted pineapple.

Meat cuts churrasco at Frevo restaurant the Fremont Hotel in Dubai, UAE
Frevo / Meat Cuts

Dessert was a Latin and Central American classic of mini churros stuffed with traditional dulce de leche. They also have a live action chocolate creation, a fruit carnival, and end the night with some delightful petit fours. 

Please see these guidelines for Tipping in Restaurants and on following proper etiquette, customs, cultures, and avoiding assumptions when you dine out.

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Final notes, review basics, observations and more pictures:

Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about. My ratings are by the stars I award (from 0 to 5). The rating is calculated on a point accumulation of six separate factors based on individual experience. They include wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambiance, food quality, and wow factor. To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

Overall from this experience and the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ section, based on my individual experience and rating, I give Frevo a 5 out of 5 stars, meaning that they not only exceeded my expectations and were far above the average dining experience of most restaurants, but surpassed outstanding and were extraordinary.
Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings for Frevo
Max Points Possible:
Total Points Awarded:
Total Points deducted:
Food quality
Plate presentation
Customer service
Alcohol and other beverages
Total regular points awarded
Total percentage Before Bonus


“Wow” factor BONUS
Total bonus percentage


Total percentage with a bonus for the final star rating


Stars Awarded (see chart below)
             0 - 5

**A full break down and explanation of the observations and point disbursement is available in the linked article above. To receive a detailed copy of your score, feel free to contact me at any time and I will provide it to you.**


Overall Star Rating:
5 of 5 Stars: 
95% Rating with a 3 point “wow” bonus
An Extraordinary Dining Experience
Wine List:
Wine rating:
8 of 10
Old World selections: 
France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Portugal

New World selections: 
Argentina, Chile, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, California, South Africa, Lebanon,
Corkage fee’s:
This Restaurant does not list any corkage fee’s however, most American restaurants charge 
$25.00 per bottle
Restaurant style:
Conservative dining
Frevo's Cuisine style:
Brazilian, Latin, Steakhouse
Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Halal, Low Carb, Pescatarian, Vegetarian Options
Not Required, But Recommended
Accepted, but not guaranteed
Dress code:
Smart casual or Conservative attire
Child policy:

The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a kids menu or cater to them; however, for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended that kids not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. 
If not then:
Hire a Babysitter! 
Place for foodies, Modern, Lounge, Business parties, Great bar, Great outdoor dining, Good for special occasions, Scenic views, Classy, Upscale, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Valet or hotel parking
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Frevo is a non-smoking restaurant
WARNING: A smoking patio
Patio or terrace:


Food Prices 
(excludes, alcohol, taxes & 20% gratuity’s)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricey)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)

**Currencies reflect the world’s major travelers, restaurant, or wine connoisseur’s**

Arab Emirati Dirham (AED)
United States Dollar (USD)
Brazilian Real (BRL)
Great Britain Pound Sterling (GBP)
Canadian Dollar (CAN)
Chinese Yuan (CNY)  
European Union (EUR)

Frevo Brazilian Steakhouse:

Fairmont the Palm
Palm Jumeriah 
Dubai, UAE 
United Arab Emirates

Contact Information: 
Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+971 4 457 3457
Online reservations
Email Contact:
Serving hours:
UAE Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC + 3:00)
Lunch: Friday
12:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dinner: Mon-Sun
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Social Media 
Accolades For Frevo:
Frevo Facebook               

The worlds best restaurants is a subjective list of who is writing it and changes on a regular basis. The Wine Dine and Play best experiences are based on my highest rated stared restaurants, meaning that the visit was an outstanding or extraordinary experience. From cafés, chains, mom + pops, hole in the walls, to fine dining including a few Michelin spots. Visit the Top 100 page to see the entire list.

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Other Pictures:

The Dubai Marina from Palm Island at the Frevo restaurant in Dubai, UAE
Frevo / Dubai Marina
The artwork cuts table display at Frevo restaurant in Dubai, UAE
Frevo / Steak cuts artwork on the table 
Assorted breads at the Frevo restaurant in Dubai, UAE
Frevo / Assorted bread 
Brazilian black bean stew at the Frevo restaurant in Dubai
Frevo / Black bean stew 
Assorted sauces at the Frevo restaurant in Dubai, UAE
Frevo /Assorted Sauces 
The chef's and crew with Wine Dine and Play at the Frevo restaurant in Dubai
Frevo / The Crew and I
samba advertisement at the Frevo  restaurant in Dubai
Frevo / Samba

“Culinary perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, 
But in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”

-Angelique Arnauld (1591-1661)

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