Chew on this: Salpicão from Cafe Bossa Nova | Rock Candy

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Chew on this: Salpicão from Cafe Bossa Nova

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 5:50 AM


Unfortunate but true—there are several cuisine types we are rather deficient in here in Little Rock—Thai, Korean, and Spanish immediately come to mind. But remarkably, we’ve been gifted with a very nice Brazilian option in Café Bossa Nova. The Hillcrest staple was established in 2002 by Brazil native Rosalia Monroe, using recipes she brought with her from South America. The place remains a popular dining location for both dinner and lunch, and with the addition of the adjoining bakery, Rosalia’s Family Bakery, this little corner of Little Rock is really quite irreplaceable.

Looking through the menu, one dish in particular may get brushed over rather quickly due to its somewhat odd combination of ingredients. But this dish is placed at the top of the “Especialidades da Casa” section for good reason—the Salpicão deserves your attention.

It starts with a base bed of white rice topped with shredded chicken—but from there you’ll find chopped Fuji apples, carrots, sweet peas, and herbs all blended with mayonnaise and finished with crispy fried potato strings. An interesting combination, to say the least, for anyone not already familiar with the dish.

But after a little coaxing from my dining companion, I decided to give the dish a shot…and I’m ever so grateful I did. The marriage of flavors and textures in this dish is remarkable. Sweet and salty, crisp and creamy—it’s extremely well balanced and delightful to dig through. The chopped apples—a component I initially balked at—were the stars of the plate, though the crisp potatoes were not far behind.

My only beef with Bossa Nova is their prices—the Salpicão will set you back about $16, but it’s not even the most expensive of the lunch options, and dinner only goes up from there. With drink and tip, my lunch cost me over $20—and while it was a decently sized portion, it felt a little steep for a casual lunch. Perhaps if they threw in some complementary samples of their “famous” cheese bread, the tab would be a little easier to swallow—but at it is, price is the single factor that limits me from heading to Bossa Nova more often.

But I’ll be back—I’m not done with exploring their intriguing and original menu. I’m inspired by the Salpicão, and I’m eager to eat my way through more of their especialidades. 

Cafe Bossa Nova is located at 2701 Kavanaugh Suite 203 Little Rock, AR.

Tags: , , , , ,


Related Locations

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

More by Daniel Walker

  • The Kraft Mac & Cheese Food Hack

    Recently, we held another food hack competition, taking another childhood classic, Kraft Mac & Cheese, and tried to turn it on its head, creating something entirely new and unique. Again, the results were pretty awesome. The rules were simple: Use a whole box of mac and cheese, both noodles and cheese powder, and turn it into any sinister monstrosity imaginable. We had a vote via the Eat Arkansas Facebook page to crown a winner. Here's what was submitted:
    • Jul 30, 2014
  • Food Feedback Friday: The "We need your vote!" edition know the drill with Food Feedback. Tell us what you're eating this week and what you thought about it. I love to hear all the suggestions and I'm frequently looking back through your recommendations to determine my next meal. So share away! Happy weekend, y'all.
    • Jul 25, 2014
  • Looking in on the new Le Pops, now in the Heights

    Le Pops is a wonderful addition to the Heights neighborhood. Laurie Harrison is incredibly dedicated to her product, she still works here 7 days a week and is constantly experimenting in the kitchen to develop new flavors. Check them out the next time you need a cool down.
    • Jul 24, 2014
  • More »

Readers also liked…


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation