Taking on London with a pronged attack, the Cabana team are come at us from all points of the compass. Starting in the West (Sheppard’s Bush Westfield), then swooping in at the East (Stratford Westfield), and then scattering across Wembley and Covent Garden, they have now planted their latest edition in Upper Street, Islington.
The founders, Jamie Barber and David Ponte have intended the space to be a glance into modern Brasil. Interior architect Alex Michaelis (of Byron and Pizza East), has kept continuity from site to site with their trademark “up-cycled” denim seating (hand-made in Brasil), aged poster walls and lighting made from copper pipes.
Cabanas appetisers nod towards Brasilian pinchos. The malagueta basted Atlantic prawns are luxuriously juicy and pack a considerable kick, or if seafood isn’t your thing the crunchy rice bolinhos filled with Parmesan and served with chill mayo are great for sharing among friends. Alternatively you could share the chicken coxinhas, which are pine cone shaped croquet’s which burst with flavour or you could try the Brasilian spice soaked pulled pork sliders.
These thirst inducing bites are then best followed up by the sticky barbecue ribs which are served with a bowl of Cabanas homeslaw. Another advised choice is the Beirut, which a toasted flat bread filled with spicy malagueta chicken, tomato, lettuce and oozing with melted cheese.
On the side make sure you opt for the cassava chips. These golden nuggets strike a mark somewhere in between a triple cooked gourmet French fry and a home roasted parsnips. Cassava Chips also come with tamarind ketchup, chimichurri and chilli mayo.
Rounding off your visit (and perhaps your waistline) Cabana offer a huge array of deserts. A wise mans choice would be the Brasilian banana and caramel cheesecake, which comes topped with roasted almonds. They also have an array of ice creams from the Romeo and Juliet (Guava) to Amazonian white cocoa, which supremely compliment the Nega Maluca – a dense yet flour-less chocolate cake.
Caipirinhas, which translates from Portuguese as “little country girl” are anything but girly. These traditional Brasilian cocktails have a generous lashing of Cachaca and come in a rainbow of flavours from pineapple and mint to the Sunday morning go-to, bloody Mary.
Combining their innovate ingredients and grass-roots ethos the venue welcomes you to celebrate the Cabana culture.
56 Upper Street