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Chima Review (Tysons)

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I just went to Chima tonight for my parents anniversary. We have been to Fogo de Chaos a few times (we are big meat eaters) and loved everything about it, so we had to try Chima which is a lot closer.

We got seated in the back room which I was not a fan of. It was really quiet and the meat came around a lot less. The did have more choices at the salad bar than expected- rice, beans, and an awesome chicken soup. My favorites were the filet mignon, lamb chops, and the swordfish (although the sauce it was was too sweet for my taste- they also had salmon which was a bit overcooked but it was nice to have something in there besides beef). The service was pretty good, and they gave us a tiramasu on the house for my parents' anniversary. Do not get the apple streudal...it was just phyllo with roasted apples and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Overall decent. For the three of us the tab was around 200, (without alcohol, and gratuity is already included*). Our waitress was very nice. The atmosphere was also great. But don't sit in the back room. We wanted the food to come out a lot more than it did. I did not get to try the sausages or the chicken but it looked good. The flank steak was a bit too chewy for my taste. But we were very satisfied with the salad bar and everything else.

Oh and they have free valet- a huge plus.

Anyone else been?

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  1. There was a thread about Chima when they first opened though I don't recall anyone mentioning a back room with seemingly fewer offerings. Apparently the technique (at all of these places) is that when a server comes around and you want something else, ask for it. He'll either bring it on his next round or send another server over who has it.

    I'm curious as to how you got to $200 for three people without alcohol and with the tip included. I thought the full monty at dinner was about $40 there and you had one free dessert. Did the apple strudel cost $50?

    I'm not such a big beef eater that I can (or will) eat $50 worth, when I'm in the mood to eat all I can stand, I go to the less expensive (and generally considered inferior by the Chowhounds) Malibu Grill at Bailey's Crossroads. It's pretty good and I don't feel like I didn't get my money's worth because I didn't eat enough. I'm never sitting there with an empty plate waiting for more food, so I judge the service at Malibu to be OK.