We had an awful breakfast at this cafe last weekend. We waited at least 45 minutes for two servings of eggs benedict, and when the food finally arrived it was an extremely sad state of affairs. Hard eggs, split hollandaise, slimey ham and stale bread - the waitress was lovely and very apologetic, offering us a free coffee each to compensate for the wait, but we were still charged £25 for the pleasure. Despite this cafe being our local we will never go back.
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Posted: Fri May 31 2013
Ribeira is a Bistro, Bar & Event space with a unique take on South American Colonial style, incorporated into a modern environment located on Regent's Canal. Whether you would like to book a table for drinks or to sample our range of culinary delights, come in, take a seat, relax and let your taste-buds, your other senses and most importantly your thoughts be taken on the ultimate South American journey.
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So poor. I live so close to this place and had high hopes but it is pants. The food is absolutely woeful. For "south american pork sandwich" read cold pork bap. The cold meat plate was outrageously expensive and tasted like it came out of some mass catering packet. Absolutely nothing different/original about the food. The setting is wicked, this is the coolest area of town and the staff are nice but the food has to change or this will just get eaten up by all the competition opening up along that stretch of the canal.
Terrible. On the hottest day of London's summer we pass up on a friend's dinner offer and head to the canal instead. Two disappointing mains. £14 for a roast chicken leg and tiny pot of rice. No sign of the chili marinade mentioned on the menu, just oily chicken and rice. £14 for ropey beef stew in a tasteless bolognaise type sauce and another tiny pot of rice. Our travels around South America showed how good the food can be. This can't even be considered a London take on Latin American food - it's just bland and overpriced fare, in a nice setting. It's a given now that service will be included in the bill at most restaurants. Fine, but on this occasion it's a bitter pill when the only reason we finish our meals is to avoid buying something else on the walk home.
One of my worst dining experiences! They charge £18 for a rump steak! with chips; when we asked about steak sauce they said we only have ketchup and mayo. The worst part: a friend of the waiters came into the restaurant with her dog and sat at the bar. All the waiters were petting the dog and then WITHOUT WASHING THEIR HANDS they were serving people's food and drinks!!!!! Without washing their hands they were touching peoples plate's!!! My advice is don't set your foot inside this place ...
Pretty awful experience here yesterday. Sat down and placed our orders from a heavily reduced menu as many items had sold out (at 1.30pm on a Sunday). 45 mins later waitress comes back to ask what it was we ordered, 10 mins later comes back to ask again, 5 mins later comes back to ask again and then tell us that they didn't have what we'd ordered. In the whole hour we were sat there I saw only 2 people get their meals. Avoid.
The best coffee ever! This is why i love Regent's canal, that most coffee shops offer the best coffee in East London, and Ribeira is not an exception. Love this venue in the evening most, as they have a function room where you can watch a film or listen to live music in an intimate quirky style place and feel at home. Definitely one of my favourite, and South American chips are way testier and healthier than from a normal fish and chip shop, what's more, you have to know how to cook it properly, otherwise it's toxic ouch oh well so is beer and coffee :) love ittttttt!
Really great food! Went down to the canal today planning to go to Towpath cafe which was busy so I tried this place and very glad I did. Really nice to have Brazilian tapas, with a generally sweeter taste than spanish tapas, and lots of nice vegetarian options which is not always the case with tapas. Didnt try any of the mains as we just shared a few tapas dishes but the mains on the menu looked good, the coconut rice pudding was also lovely. Definitely planning to go back!