Cabana Covent Garden

Barbecue, Brazilian, Burgers, Halal, Pan Asian, South American, Vegan, Vegetarian·
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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.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Barbecue, Brazilian, Burgers, Halal, Pan Asian, South American, Vegan, Vegetarian
Eat at Home
Deliveroo, Home delivery, Takeaway service
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Lively, Quirky, Themed, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Beer garden, Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Special occasions

About

Brazilian restaurant Cabana has an enviable spot right on Central St Giles Piazza - though it calls itself Covent Garden, this easy-going churrasco spot sits right next to Tottenham Court Road station, making it a simple journey from almost anywhere in the city.

The restaurant is huge inside, with plenty of tables spread across natural wood floors, and large ball-shaped rattan lampshades hanging from the ceiling. A few palms are scattered around to bring some extra colour and greenery to the space, and there’s an extensive terrace area that stretches out onto the open piazza as well, with parasols to keep the sun off you.

Back in the kitchen, Cabana's hefty menu encompasses all aspects of Brazilian food, from smaller bites and sharers like ‘pao de queijo’ cheese dough balls, blistered Padron peppers and buttermilk churrasco fried chicken to salads, tostadas, and comforting Brazilian hot pots like a sweet potato and fried plantain Moqueca, and a pulled pork Feijoada - a take on the classic Brazilian stew that combines pulled pork, bacon and chorizo with black beans.

The heart of the menu is the churrasco grill, where skewers are cooked over flickering flames. The signature flame-grilled chicken is marinated for 24 hours before being basted and charred over open flames. On the beef front, you can choose from fillet, sirloin, and flat iron steak, and seafood fans can choose from blackened cod with turmeric mayo, and grilled prawns, which you can add to your steak for a bit of surf and turf.

Save room for desserts too, which include big flavours like chargrilled pineapple with toasted cornbread, cinnamon sugar churros and burnt cheesecake with doce de leite caramel. Throw in very reasonably priced house caipirinhas and margaritas and Cabana really knows how to get the party started.

Menu Highlights

Starters
Whole Avocado ‘Guacamole’ - £8.50

Ready to smash table side.Avocado, red onions, red chilli, lime juice, Maldon sea salt and spicy Malagueta sauce. With tostada chips

Main Courses
Flame Grilled Chicken Skewer - £15.00

What we’re known for.....Marinated for 24 hours, grilled over an open flame, and basted with a choice of Spicy Malagueta, Guava Barbecue or Honey Glaze

Meet the team
Cabana Covent Garden

Ed Standring

CEO | The Hush Collection

Ed Standring is the CEO of The Hush Collection. His dynamic career in the hospitality industry has spanned several leading businesses and brands including Richoux Group plc, Café Pasta, Bar Room Bar and Firkin Beer Co.

Philanthropically minded, Ed and the Hache team worked with leading female chefs including Sabrina Ghayour, Zoe Adjonyoh and Asma Khan to create limited edition burgers which raise a significant sum for their chosen charities. During the first Covid lockdown Ed co-founded the Feed Our Frontline hospitality movement which delivered over 300k meals to the NHS. Ed and his co-founders were recognised with the lockdown hero award at the CGA Peach 2020 ceremony.

Ed is a keen sportsman and fundraiser, running the London Marathon for Shelter, completing Ride London for Glass Door and raising significant funds for Action Against Hunger through his business interests.

Cabana Covent Garden

Jamie Barber

Founder & Chairman | The Hush Collection

Jamie Barber is a British Restaurateur, founder and CEO of The Hush Collection group which contains Hush Mayfair Hache Burgers chain and the Cabana Brasilian Barbecue group. He also founded and co-owned restaurants including Villandry, Japanese restaurant Sake No Hana, and Italian casual dining brand, Kitchen Italia.

In November 2011, Barber and his business partner, Momo Restaurant founder David Ponté, opened Cabana, a small group of casual Brasilian street food restaurants. Jamie has also teamed up with fellow restaurateurs Ed Standring, the former managing director of Richoux Group, and Ian Neill, former chief executive of Wagamama, to buy gourmet burger restaurant group Haché. 

In recognition of the contribution Barber has made to the restaurant business, he was nominated at the Tatler Restaurant Awards for "Outstanding Contribution to London Restaurants.


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Location

7 Central St Giles Piazza, St Giles High Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 8AB

020 7632 9630 020 7632 9630

Website

Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-21:00
Tue 12:00-21:00
Wed 12:00-22:00
Thu 12:00-22:00
Fri 11:30-22:30
Sat 11:30-22:30
Sun 12:00-20:00

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Victoria B

07 July 2014  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
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.
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