Last night, my husband and I went out to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary. We both enjoy going out for a nice dinner, and we have a few favourite places in town, but we were both hoping for something new. Knowing that our Treasures coupon book will soon expire, I decided to get inspired by leafing through the pages and when I ran across Boa Nova Rodizio Grill House, it got my attention.
I can't tell you how many times I've driven by this restaurant, and the painting on the side of the building has caught my eye, but I never stopped by. I'm really glad that my first time there was a special occasion, but I have a feeling that we'll be back many times.
The atmosphere was lovely, decorated with a European vibe. It wasn't a huge place, so the setting was intimate and the lighting was just right. Boa Nova is not just a restaurant, it's an experience! The cuisine is Portuguese and the style of serving is Brazilian, and if this is any indication of what it's like to visit Portugal or Brazil, I think we need to start planning a couple of trips.
Best of all, I was able to stick to my lower carb diet...well, as much as possible...as our gaucho (I believe this means server or chef...ours was named Fraser, and he was personable and generous) stopped by several times with more meat.
Prior to the non-stop meat deliveries, we had opportunity to fill our plates at the buffet with a nice selection of cold salads, and then later partake of some hot veggies and sides to enjoy with the meat.
Back to the meat. Vegetarians, beware. They cook meat of many varieties in a rotisserie, and throughout the evening, there were amazing smells wafting in from the kitchen to where we were feasting, and I don't think it was tofu. We had chicken, pork loin, steak, chorizo sausage, more beef, more pork, more chicken. And to top it all off, we had grilled pineapple. It wasn't meat, but was still delicious.
Let me just say, we loved this place and we want to return...for sure before our next anniversary! I remember telling Roger when he asked me to marry him 7 years ago (we met, got engaged and got married all in the same year), "It's a good think you're not a vegetarian because I would have had to decline." So, this was our kind of place.
Maybe you meat-eaters want to check it out as well. I hear they offer a Tapas menu and live music on Tuesdays. I'm kind of tempted to go back tonight.
Here's the website: Boa Nova Website