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Cabana

Restaurants, Brazilian Brixton
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A colourful Brazilian joint specialising in meat skewers served straight from the grill.

Cabana is an ‘attempt to share a bit of the real Brasil’. At least, that’s what the website says, and it certainly gets the country’s colourful and carefree attitude right. There’s so much going on. Whoever designed the place apparently had a great time coming up with ideas and, instead of picking the best one, just went with all of them.

Every corner of the restaurant is crammed with bits of reclaimed furniture in blues, reds, yellows and greens, illuminated by quirky lights and brought to life by a swarm of chatty waiters who walk around with large skewers stacked with meat, dumping them cheerfully onto the tables of salivating diners.

But that’s where the fun stops. A spicy malagueta chicken is the restaurant’s best seller, perhaps because it’s also the cheapest skewer on a pricey menu. It turned out to be a humdrum dish, while a Cabana 8oz steak was so tough it felt like chewing on a pair of Pele’s old football boots.

While the kitchen risks turning carefree into slapdash, it’s still nice to see a slice of Brazil brightening up Brixton.

By: Alex Plim

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Address: 201–207 Ferndale Rd
Brixton
London
SW9 8BE
Transport: Tube: Brixton
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

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tastemaker

I do believe this was my first taste of Brazilian food in London and it certainly won't be my last. 


After a browse through the menu, I opted for the Spicy Malagueta Chicken. This dish comes with 3 sides: coleslaw, salad, and grilled corn off the cob. It was also served with fries, which I switched for sweet potato fries, and flatbread. It looked like a lot of food at first but it ended up being a decent amount! The chicken was served fresh from the grill with a few bell peppers too.


The malagueta sauce that the chicken was grilled with was really flavourful and something I’d never tried before. It was a blend of sweet, sour, and salty, which I truly enjoyed. On the table, there was a bottle of spicy sauce, which I dipped my chicken into to give it a little kick. I was surprised with the spice level – I didn’t realise Brazilians could take some spicy but I loved it! The sauce was equally tasty and added a good punch to my chicken.


As for the sides, my least favourite was the grilled corn because it had a chewy and soft texture rather than crunchy and fresh. My favourite dish was the coleslaw because it tasted really fresh and even had some coconut flakes on top! The salad was pretty ordinary and didn’t come with any dressing, so was a tad dry and boring.


The flatbread went really well with the chicken and in fact, I tore off small pieces to make a little bite-size wrap with the chicken, the spicy sauce, and some of the sides. It also looked like a giant slice of wrap but it doesn’t fill you up too much, so that was quite pleasant. The sweet potato fries were really good too, as they always are! It’s hard to go wrong with them and these had a crisp battered outer layer, and soft and sweet inside.


Overall, I’m glad my friend and I ended up at Cabana for dinner. It actually wasn’t our first choice but we ended up having a great meal! Definitely one I’ll return to because of how different the flavours were here and how innovative they were with putting a dish together – I liked the different components and the ability to switch the fries to an alternative option.

tastemaker

LOVE this place. Amazing décor, the staff explained that lots of the interior is upcycled, really cool they knew the back story behind everything. Fun staff and a great vibe! The food is great, I had the spicy chicken burger and dirty sweet potato fries which had a meaty cheesy sauce over the top, they were amazing! You have to try the Nutella doughnuts for dessert – they were to die for! There’s also a really cool basement bar where they had a DJ, so you can grab some post meal cocktails too. Awesome venue, would definitely recommend!

Tastemaker

This is basically the Brazilian equivalent of Wahacca. It's not going to light your world on fire but it will provide a good meal for a reasonable price.

Nothing about here stands out as remarkable but it's tasty and good value

There is a meal deal every day including weekend until 6pm which gets you a butterfly chicken breast, salad, sweet potato fries and a drink-alcoholic or soft for £10. You can't fault that.

The fun thing about the Brixton branch is that the booth seats are covered in old denim including the pockets and if you have a little root around in the seats you may be rewarded for your effort. I'll say no more, you'll have to go for yourself if you want your reward.


Finally got around to try Cabana Brixton, a new branch from Cabana (already in a few other locations in London).  The place is not on the main street and maybe that's why it was so quiet despite it being Sunday. At first sight the restaurant looks cool and colourful but it is all a bit too "chain-y" /made on purpose and it feels like it. 


Service was attentive, even too attentive with 3 waiters constantly asking us how everything was.  The Cabana Coxinhas (croquettes of shredded chicken with their signature malagueta sauce) were excellent! Tasteful and with the right amount of spices. The meat on the mains comes on a blade directly from the grill with a side of chips and coleslaw (although you can change it for another side dish if you ask). It was tender and nicely marinated but it looked a bit plain when put on the plate. The Feijoada (an adaptation of a Brazilian national dish) was brilliant. The meat was tender and all the flavours mixed nicely. The non alcoholic lemonade was refreshing and light but the fruit smoothy was a bit bleak. 


All an all it has been a good meal out, although the average price of £15 per main might make it difficult for us to go back as soon as we would want to. 


Loved Cabana - it ended up being an unexpected treat! For lunch I had a pulled pork burger and some sweet potato fries. Both were cooked to perfection! The service is very good, and the waiters are very professional and efficient. I like the deco in the restaurant, and I think it is a generally nice vibe. I would definitely recommend as there are lots of tasty things on the menu to try from.

Staff Writer

The venue looks very nice, and so is the food. It is expensive though. The worst part was the staff (downstairs), really unprofessional.

Tastemaker

There's nothing wrong with the food, it's quite delicious. The cocktails are nice too but rather ordinary. The decor is bright and inviting and the staff are friendly and attentive. But this place is on the doorstep of a treasure trove of wonderful independent restaurants in Brixton Market and you can't quite shake the feeling that something more exciting lies around the corner. But saying that, sometimes you just like to know what you're getting and for that I can't fault it. 

Tastemaker

If you love Brazilian BBQ, then you'll like Cabana. One in seven different branches in London, there isn't much I could fault with this one. Only a few minutes walk form Brixton tube station and located in the Old Bond Marche building, the restaurant has two floor where in the basement you can sip on cocktails, whilst on the ground floor is the restaurant itself


The food delicious. The steak was done just the way I like, the sweet potato chips was crunchy, the ice cream sundaes were on point and the staff was very friendly and welcoming. The drinks menu, which includes the usual cocktails and craft beers, is quite extensive. The atmosphere is vibrant and the decor and Brazilian paraphenalia which adorns the wall does a good job in bringing the sights of Brazil to the venue. The only minor gripe I have is that it can get a little too loud from the music downstairs but this is only a small blemish on an otherwise fine evening. Also to mention is that the food is served hot straight from the grill on skewers.


Overall, Cabana Brixton is a good place to catch up with mates for a midweek treat.

Tastemaker

If you like meat, inventive cocktails, and a fun Brazilian-conga vibe, you'll appreciate Brixton's newest restaurant. It's in a great location, just off the high street (near TK Maxx) in the old Bon Marche building. There's a vast bar downstairs, where hungry Brixtonites sip on cocktails while waiting for their table, and the restaurant upstairs is spacious too, although you should book a table in advance during busy times. The staff are friendly and, as you settle down in your booth covered with old jeans, are happy to recommend bits from the menu. The meat is cooked on long skewers in the open kitchen and served to the table this way - and it is very tasty. Veggies are well catered for as well, my boyfriend was very happy with his halloumi and mushroom burger. There are a few Cabana restaurants in London but this is a good one. 

Tastemaker

Brazilian eatery Cabana is a welcome restaurant just off the bustling Brixton High Street. The decor is really something and the spacious restuarant upstairs with views into the kitchen allows you to watch your skewers sizzle. The food is mouth watering with even better cocktails. Downstairs  looks like a promising bar spot that could get very lively on the weekends with very cool seating made out of metal barrels. I look forward to going back again. Also the waitress will give you a free cocktail if you tweet something good about the place while there in their opening weeks!

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