Late last year, my other half and I were invited down to the VIP opening of a brand new Brazilian restaurant called Cabana. The menu is filled with grill style street food and skewers with a really authentic South American vibe. We popped along and sampled all sorts of delicious dishes and vowed to go back with our ‘Cabana bucks’ (vouchers) that we were kindly given. Well, we finally got round to it! Ready to hear the verdict?
If you’ve tried restaurants like Fazenda (my favourite) or Bem Brazil, there’s a similar vibe at Cabana but the menu is a la carte (better if you’re on a budget).The samples we tried back in 2014 were pretty incredible. My other half loved the malagueta chicken and the lamb completely blew my mind, so tender and full of flavour. I knew we would definitely be coming back to Cabana for a proper visit…
Cabana has a real street food vibe that goes right through to the interior decor. The low hanging lighting, posters on the walls and denim patched couches create a super relaxed feel to the place. I love the fact that the chefs cook on open grills so you can watch your food as it cooks. I have to tell you about the cocktails. I’m totally in love with the Passionfruit Caipirinha which, if you haven’t tried it, is a really cool Brazilian cocktail with a LOT of seriously strong alcohol in it. Cabana does it in a whole host of flavours – I’m determined to try them all! Passionfruit is definitely my favourite so far though.
The menu is pretty simple, with a few while-you-wait and start options, then a focus on the grilled meats for mains. We decided to share a starter as they were all very carb based. Our crispy cheese pockets (or Pastels) arrived and we tucked in. They pastels were incredibly light and tasted great with the salsa (totally sold on the salsa front), if not a little reminiscent of a Gregg’s cheese and onion pasty which made me chuckle (and feel very northern).
When it came to mains, Jamie went for the chicken and I went for the lamb (told you we liked them). They were brought over on skewers and pulled off onto our plates. We ordered sweet potato fries and the sides and the lamb comes with rice too (SO MANY CARBS). The fries were incredible, really crisp and tasty. The lamb was a little spicier than I remembered but still great and so tender. The chicken is definitely the spicier option. I reminded me of Nandos but MUCH tastier. Cabana even have their own sauces so you can mix things up a little.
All in all, I would definitely recommend Cabana. The service was good, if a little pushy but definitely attentive. The food was great and good value. For drinks, a shared starter, two mains and three sides, the bill would have come to £49 which really isn’t bad between two of you and we were definitely full afterwards. Whilst Fazenda still remains my favourite, Cabana is a great option if you’re looking for somewhere a little more budget friendly or relaxed.
What do you think of Brazilian food? Do you have a favourite Brazilian restaurant? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
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