Cabana Covent Garden

7 Central St Giles Piazza, St Giles High Street , London, WC2H 8AG

Cabana restaurant chain Mexican

SquareMeal Review of Cabana Covent Garden

Seasoned restaurateurs Jamie Barber & David Ponte (Hush, Momo et al) have teamed up for this relaxed riff on the in-vogue Brazilian barbecue theme. Rio-born Ponte knows all about his homeland’s ‘churrascaria’ traditions, & the new venture serves gutsy morsels in a hand-made, streetwise setting of plank floors, poster-lined walls & banquettes upholstered with recycled jeans from São Paulo favelas. ‘Cabanistas’ circulate through the room, flaunting colour-coded skewers loaded with everything from marinated chicken thighs or chimichurri rump steak to giant portobello mushrooms with haloumi. Order pao de queijo (cheese dough balls), palm heart ‘pastels’ or chicken empadas on the side, & finish with something from the bespoke frozen yoghurt bar. ‘Lovely people, & great with kids’, commented one South American mum.

Cabana Covent Garden Location

7 Central St Giles Piazza, St Giles High Street , London WC2H 8AG

Opening times

Mon-Sat 12N-11pm (Sun -10pm)

Cabana Covent Garden's Reviews


Food & Drink: 6.7


Service: 6.0


Atmosphere: 6.5


Value: 6.3


Food + drink: 4

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

Bronze Reviewer
07 July 2014

Great food and friendly staff. I'm a vegetarian and had the vege quesadilla which was very filling and the french fries were lovely. We ordered a dessert to takeaway and they took 20 minutes to bring it to us but they ended up giving it to us for free which made up for it.


Food + drink: 4

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

Bronze Reviewer
20 April 2013

We went here for a family night out. St Giles is a weird slightly no-mans-land location about 5mins walk from Tottenham Court Road tube station. The place was pretty much packed out, so quite buzzy but not overwhelmingly noisy like some large spaces can be. The food was good – well-cooked, tasty Brasilian dishes with some spice to them. Everyone was pleased with their choices. We spent about £30 pp including drinks & service.


Food + drink: 3

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 2

Bronze Reviewer
22 February 2013

I went to the Shephards Bush restaurant last Saturday and overall I enjoyed it but they are in need of improving on the basics. The staff were ok, they delivered the food but failed to make any special impression or seem the least bit friendly. We arrived fairly early and just fancied a casual bite to eat before the cinema but as we were leaving there was a huge queue out the door that looked very disgruntled. I couldnt see any member of staff going over and at least acknowledging their presence which would have discouraged me from waiting any further. The toilet facilities also left a lot to be desired, they had clearly not been cleaned for a while at the time of visiting. Regardless the food was very tasty. The chicken crocettas for starter were bursting with flavour although the portion was a little stingy. The same could be said for the chicken, mango and avocado salad. Basically a tiny (but flavourful) piece of chicken thrown in with a tone of lettuce, scrapping of mango and slice of avocado. I finished so quickly I was left to look on with envy as my boyfriend finished off his giant chicken. I probably would go back and hope that the service had improved slightly and just make sure I order extra sides.

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