Last week I visited not one, but two new-to-me restaurants, including meeting up with blogger babes Emma, Jasmin, Leanne, Katy, Viki and Natasha – a lovely mixture of bloggers I’d already met AND some new faces to get to know. Add that great company to amazing food and (of course) cocktails, and that makes for a pretty brilliant evening.
After meeting at Freud’s, a super cool underground bar with an amazing range of cocktails, we headed for Cabana – a Brasilian Barbecue restaurant near Covent Garden with fun and inviting décor and huge windows, where you could really feel the Friday-night-London city vibes as the sun went down around you. Our table was a booth-style affair, with quirky seating that looked like it was made from stitched together denim – so cool.
As poor Katy was having tube struggles (#Londonerproblems), we ordered up some cocktails to begin with – with a two for one deal before 7pm, it’d have been rude not to order two each, right? As they had to be two of the same, Viki and I did a swap so we each ended up with two different ones – a Classic Caipirinha and a ‘Carlos The Godfather’ featuring gin, elderflower and lime. Both were pretty strong (hooray) but still tasted amazing and refreshing.
I’ve never been the hugest advocate (avocado advocate – say that one five times fast) of guacamole – it’s just not been something that’s really been on my radar. To me, it’s always just been that ‘thing’ that’s chucked on top of nachos that isn’t as good as salsa or sour cream. However, when Jas kindly ordered some with tortilla chips to share on the table, I discovered a bit of a new love. IT WAS AMAZING. I’d totally go back to Cabana even just for the cocktails and guac alone.
For the main courses, everyone else chose to go with a few of the smaller, street food type dishes, which I’d normally do. But in my RIDICULOUSLY HUNGRY state, I decided to go with a full main from the skewers menu, opting for the Guava-cue chicken – you guessed it, chicken in a BBQ guava marinade.
Upon arrival of our food to the table, it was time for the classic blogger moment, where no one actually started eating for a few minutes while we all snapped away (pretty much like this) – with a table of dishes wonderfully ‘art directed’ by Katy. Eventually, photos taken (and ready for Instagram), we got straight down to tucking in (and rare silence).
The portion sizes did feel a bit on the small side for what you paid for them – but taste was totally paramount. My chicken was fall-apart-in-your-mouth perfectly tender and the marinade was absolutely gorgeous – properly smoky and sticky, just how BBQ should be. The skewer came with a decently-sized portion of fries and a perfect homemade-tasting slaw.
Unfortunately, we were all a bit too full for dessert, but the options on the menu sounded INCREDIBLE. Chocolate Raindrop Doughnuts? Peanut Butter and Oreo Sundae? Definitely another solid reason to head back to Cabana in the near future.
I definitely felt the authentic Brasilian vibes through the cocktails and food, and the venue itself is perfectly suited to group dining. The staff were also really fun and friendly, making us feel really welcome. Hanging out with some of my favourite London bloggers at such a great place made for a totally awesome evening, and for friends, fun and food, Cabana is definitely a fantastic choice.