Dining With Denise Neil

First impression review: Bossa Grill

I had lunch today with a group of friends at Bossa Grill, the South American restaurant that opened Monday at 3242 N. Rock Road. The place was packed (mostly with large groups of men, oddly) and the service was great. But I think I’ll give it a while before I go back.

Our food was pretty colorless, as you can see from the photos here, and that’s a pet peeve of mine. Above is a chicken dish served with an orange/lemon/honey sauce with sides of potatoes and fettuccine. Below is a signature rice dish made with risotto, shrimp, green onions, mushrooms and lots of cheese. Both dishes were okay but nothing we’re dying to try again. Several plates around us looked more appetizing, and some friends who visited a few days ago said they liked their food, so I’ll give it another try in a few weeks.

I also loved the interior, which features a lot of Rio De Janiero touches, including this simple mural depicting the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. This is probably as close to Rio as my friends Katie and Travis are going to get anytime soon. At least they added some color to the place!

Anyone else have a similar first impression?