A new style restaurant has recently opened in Leeds. Bossa Grill is a mix of South American and Brazilian styles which boasts a simple and relaxed atmosphere. Bossa is old-fashioned Brazilian slang for doing something with particular charm, natural flair or innate ability.
The 110-cover restaurant opened on the 19th September with work on the site only commencing a month before the opening date. Working with Jarose Interiors, the project was a refurbishment of a previous restaurant which allowed for it to be completed in such a short timeline.
The refurbishment was a straight forward development and was met with minimal challenges. The restaurant is the latest brand to be launched by City District the owner of numerous restaurants set across Yorkshire and the North West.
“What we wanted to bring was the style of restaurant that’s found in the Brazilian city,” commented Tomas Maunier, Sales and Marketing Director of City District. “We focused on the atmosphere for the customers making sure the interior was simple and not overwhelming.” The interior design of the restaurant is based on the simple architecture found in the modern parts of Rio de Janeiro, which is very concrete based and all about simplicity. “It’s a simple place focused on creating an environment where you can hang out with family and friends whilst enjoying great food and drink.” The interior is a mix of concrete, wood and colour to create a restaurant that would be a fun place to be without the interior design being overwhelming.
Bossa Grill is found on Cloth Hall Street occupying the site that previously held the restaurant Zizzi. The interior of Bossa is a mix of traditional Brazilian dark wood and concrete with spray-stencilled patterns. At the front is the small bar area that then splits off into two dining areas known as the front and back dining rooms. These are separated by hollow concrete bricks which allow the two spaces to feel connected.
The walls are an old style mix of wood and concrete with one wall featuring glass bricks with a pattern styled like something created by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. His patterns also feature on the main concrete walls throughout the restaurant as well as the stencilled wooden floor.
One of the most unique characteristics of the restaurant is its focus on football. A brick wall features the image of a footballer, painted directly onto the wall in order to create a more artistic flare to the interior. The hair of the footballer has been made out of plants to create a distinctive look specifically for Bossa Grill.
Within the bar area the ceiling is covered in orange acrylic sheets creating an area bathed in warm light which is perfect for the relaxed atmosphere of Bossa.
Towards the rear of the restaurant is the large, clay oven where the chefs cook the side dishes. The kitchen itself, as well as the grill, is an open kitchen, allowing customers to watch the dramatics of cooking whilst dining on the delicious food.
Bossa Grill offers the classic Brazilian Rodizio style of grilled meats with a selection of sides and desserts. Those dining in the restaurant will be able to enjoy the freshly grilled meat carved at their table, with service only stopping when they are ready.
The menu itself has a range of meats available from Roupa Velha, which is slow braised pulled beef, to Chorizo Criollo, which is pork sausage. There is also the guest cut of beef known as the Carne De Semana, which changes allowing guests to try a wide variety of different meat. Along with the main dishes are the traditional South American side dishes, suitable for vegetarians, including Feijoada – considered the Brazilian national dish – which is black bean stew served with farofa, biquinhos and with pulled beef.
The restaurant opened at an exciting time in Leeds due to the rapidly changing offerings from business to food and leisure. “It’s a new brand that we’re bringing to the market and like all brands it will develop over the next few years. The plan is to open many more and the Leeds restaurant is the just the first step, so it’s an exciting time,” commented Tomas.
Established in 1988, Jarose Interiors specialise in commercial, retail and leisure interior installation and refurbishment. Jarose also manufacture bespoke and bulk joinery. The family-run business has a long heritage of fit-out expertise making it a premier choice for major brands and blue chips across the world.
Rebranded and restructured in 2008, Jarose work with companies at home and abroad. The firm has expert teams that combine traditional craftsmanship with the latest technologies to deliver on a range of projects. The business is committed to excellence from start to finish, integrity, seamless management, partnership and proactivity in solving problems.
For Bossa Grill, Jarose was the principal contractor responsible for the manufacture of equipment and installation. In addition to working with Bossa, the Leeds-based firm has previously worked with Thomas Pink, Jaeger, Coach, Burberry, All Saints, KFC, Pizza Hut and Domino’s Pizza.
Jason George from Jarose Interiors commented:
“It was important to be involved in this project because Bossa is a Leeds company like ourselves and is bringing an exciting concept to the city. Our clients appreciate and trust our friendly, professional and proactive approach. As a company we pride ourselves on our proactive and friendly approach and the fact that we are family owned and entirely self-funded.”