Last weekend I pretended it was still summer, and headed down to Cabana Brixton with one of my favourite people.
We started off with a couple of cocktails, my favourite being Carlos the Godfather – a mix of gin, elderflower, lemon and lime. It went surprisingly well with our starter, the guaca-molho (guacamole, served with corn tortilla chips) and crispy squid.
One of the things I really liked about Cabana was the commitment to local and Brasilian causes. A lot of the eclectic decor was upcycled and sourced locally from a Brixton charity, the Remakery. The denim seats was also upcycled, sourced by Recicla – a Brasilian charity based in the Rio favelas. The proceeds also help build and run local schools there.
For my main course I went for the Feijoada, which was something I hadn’t tried before. The Feijoada was their version of the Brasilian national dish, a slowcooked mixture of beef, pork, and beans, served with rice. It was served with some interesting sauces and toppings, too – some that were basically crisps.
My lovely lunch date went for the chicken malagueta skewers, which were perhaps the more exciting choice – sizzling hot skewers served directly onto your plate are always going to be a little more dazzling than a hot pan of beans!
The staff were absolutely lovely, especially as we ended up in there for ages – we ate pretty slowly, and I tend to drink cocktails at a snail’s pace, but I didn’t feel rushed or hurried along during my time there, which was really nice.
Although we were pretty stuffed at this point, I couldn’t resist trying their frozen yoghurt! Unfortunately their peanut butter one, which I was hoping to try wasn’t working, but I had their caramel one topped with desiccated coconut and caramel sauce, which was delicious.
I was invited to Cabana Brixton for a fair and honest review – as always, if I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t blog about it!