Time Out says
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.
201–207 Ferndale Rd
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3.9 / 5
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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.
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