Built upon the primary ingredients of any latin cusine, Bossa Nova's tangy spices make for the best white rice in Los Angeles, a deeply flavorful black bean soup, and delectibly seared mains of lamb, fish, and chicken.
The 'hot from the grill' dinners (lunch portions available) allows you to enjoy all three hallmark menu items and fried plantians -- a firmer, lighter flavored banana. My favorite dinner is the lamb. The blend of vinegar and oil calms the gaminess and adds a balanced kick. Mashed potatoes, prepared daily, or a salad may be substituted for rice. ($10-13)
The menu also includes a full array of dinner salads, pastas, and sanwiches ($7-9). My favorite among these is the Baru sandwich, a typical Brazillian grilling of ham, mozzarella cheese, fried egg, lettuce and tomato.
Don't be tempted to pass on the appetizers. They are unique. I am addicted to Coxinha (cosh-ina), a delicacy of shredded chicken and pungent cheese fried in breaded dough. Try sprinkling it with tobasco, the only hot spice you'll encounter here. Another favorite is the empanada, available in beef, chicken, or spinach with cheese. All these fried items are light and zesty. (Range $3-5)
If I were allowed to share just one find in my backyard, Bossa Nova would be it.
HINTS: Park in the adjacent lot at Luna Park. Especially on the weekends. On weekend prime dinner hours, expect a wait of 15 minutes or so. Limited bar.
los angeles, California
October 20, 2000
From journal WeHo, Los Angeles's Cultural Crossroads