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Last week saw me and my friend Amy heading in to Leeds to Bossa Grill, a Brazilian restaurant, for their blogger night with Restaurants of Leeds. This was my first time at Bossa Grill, but I have been to Brazilian grills before so I was looking forward to the food.
The interior of Bossa Grill is gorgeous, chunky wood, brightly coloured (Rio inspired) paint on the walls. It has an open kitchen and open, spacious dining rooms. Stepping inside it feels really airy, welcoming and relaxing.
The owner was incredibly welcoming, giving a talk about Bossa Grill over a glass of prosecco. He is so passionate about the restaurant, its food and its concept. I feel he genuinely wants everyone who eats there to enjoy the good food and have fun. It was great to learn he also owns Fazenda, another Brazilian restaurant in Leeds that I love. It is the same food served in a more laid back atmosphere.
Now on to the best part…the food! Each table is given a cow, when you are ready to eat you stand it up and the waiters and waitresses bring food to your table. When you want a rest or have finished eating turn the cow upside down and they don’t come to the table.
Bossa Grill – The Sides
On the menu there are 4 sides, all of which Bossa bring to your table. All four sides are delicious and are perfect with the meats. I have to say the coleslaw is amazing! I’m not sure what their recipe for it is but it is the nicest coleslaw I have ever had. There is also a sides cart with rice, salad and more to help yourself from.
- Pao de Alho – garlic bread dough balls
- Batatas – cheesy chips with onions
- Salpicao Slaw – homemade coleslaw
- Milho Assado – corn on the cob
Bossa Grill – The mains
There are nine different meats on the evening menu and six at lunchtimes. Everything is brought to your table on huge skewers and they carve onto your plate. tThe chicken wings, pork belly and pulled beef are the exception to this. All the meats are medium to medium rare, which was perfect for me, but you can ask for them done to your liking. On the menu is
- Asinhas de Frango – chicken wings
- Chorizo Criollo – Pork sausage
- Roupa Velha – slow braised, pulled beef
- Pichana – cap of rump
- Sobrecoxa de Frango – Chicken thighs
- Abacaxi – grilled pineapple
- Cordeiro – lamb (evening menu only)
- Porco – pork belly (evening menu only)
- Especial de Grelha – guest meat / specials (evening menu only)
All of the meats are delicious. Everything is perfectly cooked, really tasty and the meats just melt in the mouth. My favourites have to be the lamp and cap of rump…yes I had seconds of these! As long as your cow is stood up, the meat will be continually brought to your table.
After the meats the pineapple is surprisingly perfect. The cinnamon coating is a perfect pairing to the pineapple. It is hot, juicy and I think it really cleanses the palette (and stomach) after all the meat.
Bossa Grill – The desserts
After all the delicious meats you will decide you cannot possibly eat another thing…and then you spy the dessert menu.
- Churros with chocolate.
- Ice cream / sorbet.
- Banoffee crumble.
The churros are just amazing, they are perfectly crispy and not greasy. As a hidden surprise they are full of warm and oozing chocolate. The chocolate sauce is divine and just perfect to dip the churros in to.
After the tasty sides, delicious meats, hot pineapple and churros our cow was finally upside down. I honestly thought Amy was going to have to roll me out of the restaurant I was so full!
As well as having great food Bossa Grill has a great cocktail menu too. I recommend the Guava Bonita (elderflower liqueur, guava juice and pinot grigio) and the Caipirinha (Velho Barreiro cachaca, lime, sugar and ice). Both are really tasty and refreshing.
The Bossa Grill lunchtime menu is £12.90 and the evening menu is £18.90. Both include the sides and mains. This is great value for money as you can eat as much as you want for this. The desserts are £2.50 each.