New Leeds restaurant boasts ‘Brazilian food without the cliches’

One of the dishes on offer at Bossa in Leeds.

One of the dishes on offer at Bossa in Leeds.

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The sights and sounds of Rio de Janeiro have been beamed into our living rooms this summer - and now a new restaurant opening in Leeds city centre will offer a new twist on Brazilian cuisine.

Opening on September 19, Bossa on Cloth Hall Street is described by its owners as “the kind of cool casual restaurant you would go to if you live in Rio”.

One of the dishes on offer at Bossa in Leeds.

One of the dishes on offer at Bossa in Leeds.

It will be based at the former Zizzi site, next to Red’s True BBQ, and follows in the footsteps of fellow Brazilian eateries Cabana, Fazenda and Bem Brazil.

But according to the people behind Bossa, it offers diners “a taste of the real modern South America, far removed from clichéd Brazilian-themed restaurants”.

Bossa is old-fashioned Brazilian slang for doing something with particular charm, natural flair or innate ability, and bossa nova means ‘the new trend’.

The menu includes the classic picanha (cap of rump), lamb, chicken thighs and sausages, with a different meat special offered every week.

Prices start at £17.90 for full Rodizio grill experience for the evening and £12.90 for lunch.

Drinks options include Brazil’s national cocktail, the classic lime and sugar muddled Caipirinha, or some great South American beers and wines.

Francisco Martinez, the group Executive Head chef, said: “Simplicity can go a long way, but when you add the Bossa style to simple things you give them passion, and that is what we think people will feel about our food.

“We South Americans appreciate the simple yet finer things in life. At the heart of everything is family and friends.

“We share laughs and stories, we want you to be yourself, there’s always a place for you at our table in Bossa.”

Director Robert Melman, says: “Leeds is growing as a food and drink destination and we are confident that Bossa is the right offer for casual diners in the city centre looking for high-quality, great value eating out experience.”

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