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I stumbled on Cabana while hunting for a quick bite to eat prior to a film screening at Universal Pictures. From its exterior I felt it seemed slightly out of place in the buzzy West End and would have seemed more fitting located in Camden market.
Boy, was I wrong! Cabana brings Brazilian street food to central London with extra style. Its setup is a bright, laidback dining room with steel and wood surrounding and a terrace. Both its New York style warehouse decor and menu are eclectic and the staff go that extra mile to make the diners feel at home.
The Cabana menu offers a range of flavoursome dishes and I ordered Crispy Lula Squid with a side order of Cassava Fries. The Lula Squid rings were lightly fried to perfection and came with Malagueta Mayo and a squeeze of lime. The fries equally hit the spot and also came with Malagueta Mayo.
Then there was the 2 for 1 selection of cocktails – I was in heaven! I had a Brazilian Bellini, shortly followed by a Margarita. When I say these were probably the best cocktails I have had in a long time I am not kidding. The 2 for 1 selection is served daily between 5-7pm, and even if you’re not dining there I’d definitely go just for the cocktails alone.
Sadly I hadn’t time to indulge in one of their desserts, but the doughnuts stuffed with Nutella and chocolate truffles and caramel sauce were screaming out to me, so the next time I visit I will certainly be tucking into one of those delicacies.
Overall Cabana restaurant, which is a 3-minute walk from Tottenham Court Road tube station, is the perfect all around dining experience that doesn’t break the bank. My meal came to around £10 and if I’d had more time I would certainly have indulged in some of their other dishes.
I dined alone, and normally I would feel uncomfortable with all eyes on me, but the staff made the experience much more comfortable and at intervals would find out if I was okay and if I’d
like anything else; nothing seemed too much trouble. If you happen to be in London I would certainly recommend checking out Cabana – you won’t be disappointed.
Address: 7 Central St Giles Piazza, St Giles High Street, London WC2H 8AB
Phone: 020 7632 9630
Mon / Tue / Wed / Sun 12–10pm
Thurs / Fri / Sat 12–11pm
Features / Published 6 November 2022 @ 13:00 PM
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