We visited the new bright and colourful Cabana in Wembley’s London Designer Outlet for their menu preview. During this we gave their menu a pretty good workout and I have to say it was hard to fault. We kicked proceedings off with aged parmesan dipped in honey (£2.95). Weird though this combination sounds, the nutty saltiness of the cheese worked really well with the sweetness of the honey. Also, we munched on pulled pork sliders (£5.45), wonderful spicy pulled pork complemented by the strong, nutty flavours from the Parmesan in the pao de queijo, and toasted corn kernels (£1.95) (a Brazilian version of popcorn) whilst we made our menu choices.
Moving onto starters, I had the spicy malagueta prawns (£5.95), marinated in Cabana’s signature sauce. They were so good but boy do they pack a punch! One of our waitresses told me that she can’t stop eating them but she ends up crying into a napkin because of the heat. My spice tolerance levels are pretty wussy but I think these prawns are worth shedding a few tears over! My mum got the salmon ceviche (£4.75), raw salmon marinated in chili and lime, which was pretty as a picture and had a lovely delicate flavour. Jason had the chicken coxinhas (£4.95) – velvety, mildly spiced centre of shredded chicken surrounded by a golden, crunchy breadcrumbed exterior. He said that these brought back wonderful holiday memories of travelling in Brazil.
For mains, I had the rack of ribs (£16.50) and sweet potato fries (£3.95). My ribs were delicious, tender, charred, fall-of-the-bone meat and a smokey sweet sauce. I loved the crispy coating on my sweet potato fries; my one small niggle was that some of them tasted a bit undercooked. Dad & Jason tucked into their rib-eye steaks (£14.95) which they said were cooked to perfection, melted in their mouth with just the right amount of marbling for a fantastic flavour experience, had a punchy chilli glaze, and were completed with a fresh salsa and a moreish farofa. Mum had a pork tenderloin (£6.95) marinated in a vibrant green chimichurri with a crisp parmesan cheese crust accompanied by black beans (£2.95); with the parsley, garlic and chilli in the chimichurri complementing the sweetness of the pork.
My dessert was the Cabana cheesecake (£4.95), a moreish combination of banana and dulce du leche (caramel), topped with caramelised almonds. This was perfect, the almonds adding an extra layer of crunch and sweetness. Jason and mum had a Nega Maluca (£4.25) – a deeply satisfying Brazilian flourless chocolate cake with a dark cocoa centre and a light chocolaty crust served with vanilla icecream topped with caramel sauce (doce de leite) and Brazilian peanut candy (pacoquinha); the way to end the meal in their opinion for any chocaholic. Dad had a Romeo & Juliet (£4.95), a guava diary icecream which he said was light and fruity but did not meet his expectations from his memories of the Brazilian classic of guava jelly and cheese.
Special shout out to super lovely waitress Rae, who was always willing to go the extra mile, and even brought me a cup of hot water so I could make myself a hot lime and honey drink for my sore throat! She also told us about Cabana’s admirable social policy of helping employing women who live in the favelas (slums) to make the denim covering for the seating in all the Cabanas. I love companies with a social conscience and if anything was the cherry on the cake to our fabulous meal at Cabana this was it. I have eaten at Cabana many times but have always been too keen to get to the food to read what it says on the placemats. Thank you Rae for the heads up!
Overall, fab food in a wonderful Brazilian churrascaria experience and attentive, friendly service especially from Rae, Regina and Domenico – all overseen by the pleasant team of managers Guido, Marcella, Martha and Regina. We will be back to Cabana again very soon, particularly as they help us get through the colder winter months!
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Located in London’s only designer outlet and sandwiched between Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena, our fourth Cabana is the perfect pit stop if you’re enjoying this vast array of entertainment. Look out for the authentic cabana “hut” bar serving cocktails and extra cold beer!67a London Designer Outlet
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