Fresh and spicy Brazilian grill

Acorn Epicurean

A CUT ABOVE—Above, owner and chef Ross Araújo slices grilled meat from a skewer at Teko’s Brazilian Grill in Westlake Village. At left, customers can load up their plates with all sorts of goodies, including feijoda—a tasty Brazilian stew with black beans and sausage—as well as collard greens, fried plantains and rice. ELA LINDSAY/Acorn Newspapers

A CUT ABOVE—Above, owner and chef Ross Araújo slices grilled meat from a skewer at Teko’s Brazilian Grill in Westlake Village. At left, customers can load up their plates with all sorts of goodies, including feijoda—a tasty Brazilian stew with black beans and sausage—as well as collard greens, fried plantains and rice. ELA LINDSAY/Acorn Newspapers

Attention all low-carb and paleo-program eaters as well as vegetarians, omnivores and foodies alike: There’s a new restaurant offering a deliciously simple menu that’s sure to please all of your diverse palates.

 

 

Teko’s Brazilian Grill in Westlake Village is as fresh and spicy as its chef and owner is saucy and refreshing.

Brazilian-born Ross Araújo is unlike most restaurateurs you may encounter. For one, he’s a former dentist who now indulges his passions for acting, singing and whipping up tantalizing grilled dishes.

Not only has he performed in local theater productions and racked up several IMDB credits, he also has a cooking show on YouTube called “Speedo Chef.”

Go to www.bit.ly/2iC2U0o and you can watch Araújo— clad only in a Speedo and chef’s apron—offering instructions on how to make different drinks, salads and main courses.

 

 

The feisty owner of Teko’s has an obvious zest for life and an over-the-top personality. He’s prone to saying fun and outrageous things like “I know how to treat a breast” as he prepares skewered chicken on Teko’s rotisserie grill..

Araújo really knows how to prepare everything he makes, from picanha (a tender cut of beef that is popular in Brazil) to skewered leg of lamb.

Although Teko’s has been open less than five months, its all- Brazilian concept is already attracting a loyal customer base.

Silvia Pereira of Calabasas is one of the early converts. “The food here is delicious and I know because I’m Brazilian,” she said.

Pereira had come in for collard greens, rice and feijoda, a smoky-tasting black bean stew with sausage and meat that was unique and scrumptious.

“It’s all in the technique and it’s all fresh,” said Pereira, who explained that Brazilian dishes are flavored with regular ingredients like onions, garlic, salt and pepper. The magic, she said, happens in the preparation. There’s little room for powdered spices, for instance.

Another customer, Vanessa Rezende of Westlake, grew up in São Paulo. She noted that Teko’s operates just like many restaurants do in Brazil: Customers load up their self-serve plates with food, weigh them, then pay by the pound.

At Teko’s, salads can be a starter or a complete meal because there’s lots to choose from, including a tasty potato salad as well as tomato, chicken, garbanzo, beets, tabule and radish salads. There’s also a Brazilian vegetable salad as well as cuscus a paulista, a traditional and popular dish made with eggs and sardines as well as some South American vegetables like hearts of palm.

Next in line are the hot foods, including garlic white rice, rice with vegetable and a to-die-for want according to your tummy needs and your pocketbook. The pricing is simple: the salad bar and/ or hot dishes are $8.95 per pound; the salad bar/hot dishes plus the churrasco barbecue is $10.25 per pound; and meat lovers can eat all they want for $15.95 per pound.

Teko’s Brazilian Grill is at 30869 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village. It’s open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from noon to 9 p.m.

For more information, call (818) 532-7710 or visit www.tekosbraziliangrill.com.