Restaurants , Brazilian Covent Garden
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Guy Dimond

This Portuguese café in Covent Garden recently reopened, having expanded with a new second entrance onto Shorts Gardens. The look has been refined: teal blue wooden panelling around the walls, old wireless radios fastened to one wall, and a more discreet servery.  It's fully table service, with 10% added even if you're just popping in for a coffee.

Canela clearly has aspirations and has moved towards the prevailing trend of small plates menu paired with a wine bar vibe. The mainly Portuguese wine list is interesting with plenty of choice, while the food menu remains a mix of Portuguese and Brazilian.

We've been eating here for years, and much the same observation holds true before the refurb, and after: it's a nice place, but pricey for what you get. Simple, peasant-style home cooking, such as a dish of bacalhau (salt cod) with potatoes and eggs, is cheekily priced at £15 for a small 'mai'n portion size – especially when there were still small fishbones in parts of the dish. And with the small plates costing upwards of £7 each, this is not the place to come for bargain Portuguese or Brazilian meal.

However, the service is engaging and the atmosphere pleasant, making this a good spot to pop into for a glass of wine and snack when you're in Covent Garden.

Venue name: Canela
Address: 33 Earlham Street
Opening hours: Meals served 10.30am-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 10.30am-8.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube
Price: Main courses £5-£12
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Approachable, friendly and informative team complemented the charcuterie and well priced wine list. We dropped in earlyevening and stayed...

Staff Writer

Best secret place in the Seven Dials! Great spot for drinks, lunch and diner! The atmosphere is laid back and the food high quality. You will enjoy Portuguese charcuterie/cheese board, and a wide selection of tasty wine. Staff very friendly, good service. 

Maggie W
Staff WriterStaff Comp

Great spot for drinks and lunch! One of the best kept secrets of seven dials.

Tiago Almeida

Being Portuguese it's easy for me to review this restaurant.


- Staff is very friendly

 - Decoration is very nice

 - Food is quite good

 - Food presentation is very nice 


 - The custard tarts are not very good (what a shame)

 - The portions are def not Portuguese - but quantity doesn't mean quality

Overall is a very good restaurant!

Cookie Monster
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Excellent little restaurant just off Seven Dials that brings a touch of Portugal to the heart of London. There was no real need to look at the menu, as the staff recommended both food and wine. Simples.

Eleanor F
Staff Writer

This is somewhere that we just stumbled across on Earlham street, but will definitely be going back to. Absolutely lovely staff, attentive and accommodating. Good menu of small dishes and excellent charcuterie. The salad I had was terrific, topped off with a vinho verde and great coffee.


A terrific find, a great place to drop in for a glass or two of vinho verde and simple plates of tapas style food - try the fish cakes with quails egg.  Really lovely staff and friendly service - recommended

Staff Writer

We dropped in here for lunch at last minute. Not knowing quite what to expect food wise, what we got was a great surprise. Great selection of meats, simple but elegant dishes. Lovely spot. Great staff. One to remember and visit more often.

Tamsin V
Staff Comp

Came here last night on a whim. Staff were lovely - we only popped in for a bottle of white, but we ended up indulging in the baked cheese with honey and thyme which we dipped toasted bread into. Highly recommend it for sophisticated Covent Garden drinks and nibbles with a great atmosphere.

Tim A
Staff Writer

Wonderful selection of meats, sumptuous cheeses and absolutely delightful staff. A lovely quiet spot to enjoy traditional simple fare.

Tatiane A

 Overpriced and not worth a visit.  Food quality has decreased and portions aren't sufficient. 

I ordered a feijoada which was really well presented, however, there was very little rice for the amount of beans served. I asked the waitress for a little bit more rice but was refused as everything leaving the kitchen must be in portions. 

Having paid £14,00 for the dish, I found unfair to have to pay for more rice but did not complain. To make my visit even more unpleasant, a few hours later I had heartburn which got me really frustrated about the place. I am convinced the beans weren't prepared at the same day.

Will not go back again.