I had initial great first impressions of Cabana Brasils' new Brixton branch. Just off the main Brixton Road, the restaurant has a cosy but vibrant atmosphere, everything you’d expect from a modern Brazilian restaurant.
The staff couldn’t have been friendlier and explained all aspects of their menu, leaving us a with the difficult choice of what to choose. We started with a round of cocktails - the Passionfruit Caipirinha and the Pineapple and Mint Caipirinha. There’s an extensive choice of options and was a great way to start the evening.
To start we chose the Spicy Malagueta Prawns and the Cabana Coxinhas (shredded chicken croquettes). The starters had so much flavour, especially the croquettes - the Malagueta dip was a particular highlight, I would certainly order this when I next go back.
The main courses did not disappoint. We ordered the Pulled Pork Sloppy José burger, which came with homemade slaw and I opted for sweet potato fries.
We also got the 8 oz Cabana Steak which came with fries and Rio beans. The burger still had so much flavour, which restaurants can sometimes compensate for size. The brioche bun was a great addition. The steak was tender and cooked to perfection.
To finish, we ordered ice cream. You can pick from a variety of flavours but my favourite was certainly the White Chocolate “Cupuaçu”, which still managed to be refreshing as well as sweet.
Overall, it was a highly enjoyable evening and there is still so much more of the menu to try, ensuring that Cabana Brasil will be a regular choice.