Bossa Nova, a Brazilian restaurant with three locations throughout Los Angeles, is one of the best budget-friendly Latin American eateries in the city. I’ve been frequenting the Hollywood location for years now, always impressed by the freshness of the fare, but on a recent visit with my family, it seems that this location is now serving more authentic Brazilian cuisine than ever.
Located on Sunset Boulevard off the corner of Formosa Avenue, this busy restaurant is perfect for family lunches and late night dinners with friends.
Going with a group that likes their cocktails? Then starting out with pitchers of the red and white Bossa Nova Ponche ($7 per bottle), a Brazilian style sangria, is a must. With chopped up pieces of fresh fruit, this chilled, refreshing wine beverage is just the mix you need to cool off during a hot Los Angeles day or after a fun summer concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
While enjoying the Ponche, a dozen of the Pao de Queijo ($5.99), or Brazilian cheese buns, are a necessary starter. These deliciously light and puffy rounds have always been a Bossa Nova favorite, but they are now more authentic than I’ve had in the past. Made smaller and cheesier, biting into the chewy, steamy Pao de Queijo will bring you closer to Brazil one bite at a time.
Brazilians really know the grill and if you’re a meat eater, the lamb is a must-order at Bossa Nova. I prefer the Espetinho Misto ($9.49), grilled skewers with your choice of chicken breast, marinated lamb or mixed with vegetables. The lamb is always cooked to medium-rare perfection and flavored to the fullest. Savory and juicy, this lamb will keep you coming back to Bossa Nova for more. With fluffy white rice and fresh Brazilian salsa on the side, this appetizer is great as a main course for one.
For a healthy chicken entrée, go for the fresh boneless chicken breast from the grill ($10.49 lunch / $11.99 dinner), which has improved in flavor over the past few months. Enough for two, this tasty marinated chicken is served with a choice of white rice, black beans or yucca flour, as well as French fries or fried plantains.
Many who aren’t familiar with Brazilian cuisine would be surprised to know that this Latin American country also specializes in pizza, and Bossa Nova proves this to be true. Steaming hot out of the oven, the pizzas (starting at $8.79) are topped with your choice of meats, vegetables and sauce. The chef puts just the right amount of sauce on a thin, but delicious soft crust.
Bossa Nova also has a delicious selection of pastas, including the fabulous Pink Seafood Risotto ($11.49 lunch / $12.99 dinner) and beautifully presented classic Carbonara ($9.99 lunch / $11.49 dinner), in addition to mouth-watering sandwiches, steaks and salads.
No matter what you’re in the mood for, Bossa Nova is guaranteed to please whether you’re ordering for delivery or dining in. With prices that won’t break the bank and fresh choices, Bossa Nova hits those who are mindful of health and budget.
7181 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Monday through Friday – 11 a.m to 4 a.m.
Parking: Free parking in back during lunch and after hours. Valet service available in back during dinner hours.