Spanish or Brazilian recomendation in West LA?
I hav some family members coming down next weekend and I wanted to take them to either a Spanish or Brazilian restaurant somewhere in West LA. I have had little luck so far finding a Spanish restaurant but have found a Brazilian place called Bossa Nova. Any thoughts or input would be greatly appreciated.
Not sure how far west this is but Cobras and Matadors on Beverly is a great Spanish tapas place. Bossa Nova on Robertson and I think there is one in Marina as well is a pretty popular option for Brazilian. Their picanha steak is great!
Bar Pintxo on Santa Monica btwn Ocean and 2nd is a solid tapas place. Some tapas do better than others, but then again, that's kinda the nature of tapas. They have been stepping up their game lately w/ specials and new additions. The other day they had fresh sea snails prepared daringly simply by a quick steaming and just a scattering of grey sea salt- delicious. Be sure to try the hams, or rather, jamons.
I second Cobras though you will need to be prepared for a loud meal - not sure if that matters to you or not
I don't mean to be a hater but I find Bossa Nova to be pretty lacking if you're looking for anything resembling authentic Brazillian...that said, it's a fun place, and maybe you and your group don't care about authenticity...you might also try cafe brasil or zazumba on the westside - i've never been to either but I know people who enjoy those places
There's also a pretty good all you can eat place churrascaria place on Venice Blvd - I can't remember the name, having trouble googling it...the decor and atmosphere was a little plain, but their food was some of the better Brazillian I've had around LA
Cafe Brasil is a very casual place. Great sandwiches and great acai bowls (just ask them not to blend it too much).. I agree about Bossa Nova, not authentic but fun and decently priced.
West LA & environs:
Cafe Brasil - good food; get the weekend feijoada
Zabumba - festive, party atmosphere, especially if a futebol match is on the telly
Fogo de Chao (Beverly Hills) - $55 per person feast - all you can eat churrascaria - Me like.
Bar Pintxo - OK tapas
Cobras y Matadores - OK tapas
La Paella - OK tapas, horrible paella (despite the joint's name)
The Bazaar - inventive, better than average nouveau-Spanish cuisine - it's booked 4 months solid in advance. Good luck.
Bossa Nova is Brazilian/Italian. I don't know how authentic it is, but stuff from both the Brazilian and Italian sides are quite tasty.
Bossa Nova is ok - simple but usually fair - one on pico east of sepulveda near the westside pavillion.
Cafe Brasil on venice is decent too.
I like cobras and matadors by the grove. You can bring your own wine/etc..
Bar Pinxto is hit/miss but nice wine selection though crowded as it's small
been to la paella in Weho - simple also but some good spanish favorites there
I'm a little disappointed by all the Brazilian in west LA. Brasa Grill's quality dropped pretty consistently since they first opened, plus they added a corkage, which was hurt the financial appeal of the place. Cafe Brasil is probably the best, but I'm never really tempted to go that much.