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Apr 13, 2007 11:51 AM

Bossa Nova on Sunset

Craving a late night bite, a buddy of mine and ducked into Bossa Nova. I was just hoping for a simple sandwich or a burger and he was just hoping for a salad of some sort but neither of us wanted to resort to going to a greasy spoon. Bossa Nova is anything but: it's got simple but comfortable decor, and it's got a cool vibe that's a mix of local scene and neighborhood hangout.

We started with the coaxinha app, which we didn't know what to expect, but came out looking and tasting like the world's greatest chicken nugget. The breading was very flavorful and the shredded chicken inside, though a little on the dry side, was still very tasty.

I had a chicken club, and while my vote for best club sandwich still goes to Joans on Third, I have to say that the bread used for this sandwich was excellent. Buddy ordered a shrimp and walnut salad that was nicely seasoned and dressed. We both also ordered a beer (me: Chimay Blue; him: Duvel) and opted for just a latte for dessert.

Total after splitting an app, two dinner entrees, two beers, two lattes, and tax came to $50. I'm also intrigued by their HUGE delivery area, which goes as far south as Wilshire and as far east as Western. I will definitely be taking advantage of this spot again soon.

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  1. I really like Bossa Nova too. The atmosphere is laid-back and the food is always really good. Their salads are spectacular and pizzas are delicious. I think there is in Beverly HIlls too, though I've never been.

    Clare K.

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    1. re: Clare K

      Agreed - Hollywood Bossa Nova is one of my comfort restaurants. This is one place where I always order the same thing - the Bossa salad with Shrimp, maybe a side of plantains, and if I'm eating there, a pitcher of Sangria. It's a great casual place to go with a few friends and talk.

      I hear the Bossa Nova in BH doesn't have a liquor license and is smaller.

      1. re: smonkey

        Been to the Beverly Hills Bossa Nova; it is smaller but food is very good. I especially like the Beef Stroganof (something I previously had dreaded from too many cafeteria nightmares).

    2. Sangria is great. The coconut flan is perfection. And I love the traditional chicken with yucca flour.

      1. I like Bossa Nova and order delivery from them a lot (I think the delivery area is so large because there are several locations). The grilled meat (chicken or skirt steak) is particularly good -- served with a flavorful salsa, and their mashed potatoes are terrific.

        1. Try their pizzas sometime too. Soooo yummy. And they're open super late!

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          1. re: LisaStitch

            There is a heavenly plantain pizza, as well as a sandwich with plantains, mozzarella and cinnamon - so good........

          2. My wife and I order from Bossa Nova on Sunset once a week. She normally opts for the Bossa salad w/ chicken or salmon and I the fish of the day dinner. Sometimes we also get the bruschetta, which is quite good. Food delivered from BN is very very good, always shows up promptly, still very warm. All in all, I'd highly recommend it, delivered or not.

            Here's my question. When you order the fish of the day dinner, it comes with a nice filet of fish prepared perfectly, some rice and beans, some tomato salsa, and some bread crumbs. I generally spread the crumbs on the fish, but I am wondering what I am supposed to do with them. I've asked the kind folks who take the phone orders what I'm supposed to do with it, but they don't know. Any clues ???


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            1. re: jtizzler

              That's farofa, toasted manioc flour. It's commonly served as a starch, like rice. Or you can sprinkle it all over a dish as well.

              1. re: jtizzler

                hrhboo is right, that is farofa, which is used to sop up any sauce and to add texture .You can eat it with the fish or the beans.The "tomato salsa" is known as vinagrete, another common Brazilian complement to any protein.