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Cabana Covent Garden
West End, London
7 Central St Giles Piazza, London WC2H 8AD
- Tottenham Court Road Tube Station (0.2 km)
- Covent Garden Tube Station (0.3 km)
- Contact us:
020 7632 9630
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- Opening hours:
12.00am - 11pm, Mon – Sat, 12.00am - 10.30pm Sun
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5 reviews of Cabana Covent Garden in English
We opted to sit outside - at least no fumes despite the close proximity to Tottenham Court Road and Centrepoint as the restaurants are located around a massive courtyard, and most of the tables are under cover.
We both opted for the oddly named "Beirut" sandwich and shared both regular and sweet potato fries. My overall impression was that of greasiness, especially when I gave the big bottle of chilli sauce a try - just as well everything is served on big wooden boards and paper tablemats.
Places like Cabana just don't feel genuine to me, the next time I am in the area I am more likely to sample one of the cheap and cheerful Asian kitchens across the road. Apparently some of the chefs are Brazilian, while the waiting staff were well trained in background stories about the food, etc.
Still, won't be rushing back.
I visited Cabana last weekend to try out their combo’s – an addition to their mouth-watering menu. I found the food fantastic and the caipirinha’s more-ish. I’ve posted a full review with photo’s here http://foodieclaire.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/taster-event...
To start we had snacks of spiced roasted nuts (good spice level), sweetcorn pamonhas (too much coconut, so too sweet but nice to try as a dessert), crunchy rice bolinhos (good and crispy with lovely mayo), and chopped salmon ceviche (ok but not a lot of taste).
Got beautifully spiced and flavourful tiger prawns, and succulent chilli and cumin lamb. The sticky baby back ribs had a perfect spice level and were so good we were talking about them days later. However, the beef rump was very chewy, as it was served rare, but had an excellent Chimicurri sauce. Also, our sides of cassava chips, sweet potato fries and black beans were so good that we ordered a second round.
Desserts available are only sorbet, Cabana cheesecake, or frozen yoghurt in one of three types of standard flavours and one flavour of the season. The guava seasonal frozen yoghurt with the acai and doce de leite toppings was refreshing after all the food consumed. The cheesecake was good also.
We heard that the Beirut (Syrian flatbread sandwiches) are very nice, and may try these next time we visit.
Overall, pleasant service and good food and will go back.
Went to this Cabana on the first day of their opening and it was very very busy, I would strongly recommend that you book esp on Fri/ Sat. It’s based on Brasilian churrascirias where they bring skewees of meat around to your table. We had the pamonahs for starters which were so sweet they tasted like a dessert and deep fried cheesy rice balls. I would probably skip these next time and head straight for the main event, the skewers.
Because we hadn’t booked they ended up seating us in the bar which was fine but it meant that the service was a bit hit and miss as it relies on the waitress bringing the skewers round to your table and we weren’t in the bit they were circulating through. I really enjoyed most of the skewers, especially the lamb which was soft and juicy and the baby back ribs, probably my favourite of the night as they were properly spicy with a decent kick. The only one I didn’t like was the chimichurri beef rump as it was quite chewy. I would also recommend getting a side of the cassava chips as these were great.
Desserts other than fro-yo are limited but the banana and dolce du leche cheesecake I tried was brilliant. Not fridge cold and impossible to cut as cheescakes often are but dense and crumbly with delicious candied nuts on top. A winner!
I would go back to Cabana espcially now I know which of the skewers I like but I would make sure I book first!
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