Lovely big post-industrial interior, remind me of Bar Music Hall in Shoreditch, though outside you know it's the sparkling new shopping mall in Stratford. It's a friendly, fairly priced place that puts on some entertainment sometimes and knows their Brazilian cuisine, with some staff from Brazil to match. Perhaps too many of their specialties involve deep frying but they are yummy nonetheless.
This is a bit of a difficult review an entertaining event was hosted here but we did not have the opportunity to sample the menu.
Therefore, I can only really give a rating for the event and not the restaurant. Upon arrival we were given a (very tasty) Caipirinha and then head chef Brian and expert pastel maker Rosana showed us how to make the perfect pastel from scratch. After we made our pastel they were whisked away to be cooked and served to us later. In the meantime, the Dende Capoeira School had arrived and we were taught the concept of Capoira as well as a few basic moves and were able to have a go at playing the musical instruments. The evening then concluded with us sampling our freshly cooked pastels, served by the lovely staff. Altogether a very well-planned and entertaining evening.
From outside the restaurant looked wonderful. having walked by before hand, stood outside viewing the restaurant menu, i was surprised and encouraged by the enthusiastic staff member who went out of their way to come outside the restaurant and inform me about the restaurant. she then took me to the window where the chef was grilling meat and explained how they bring them round to the tablesI was impressed and promised to come back again.
Eventually i did, i brought my girlfriend to place and we enjoyed the food, it was different, lovely and i loved the atmosphere. great service great food. i took a few photos too.
I went to the Qype event here last night but we weren't able to sample the food which smelt absolutely delicious. Apprently you have to give an hrs notice to use your tastecard to get a discount so it would have been too late for us to eat (10.30pm), I would love to go back and sample the actual menu. What we did get to make and taste was a pastel (a form of pasty/samosa) can be sweet or savoury. We were shown this by Rosanna who is a professional pastel maker. We were given a Caipirinha on arrival (rum,suger,lime) this was a first for me, would be perfect with some nibbles. The main event has to be the music & capoeira from The Dende Capoeira school. They showed us how to sing & dance a lovely introduction to brazilian lifestyle
went to an event and was given a cocktail which was made from white rum and one whole lime. we then was shown how to make the pastry for pastel
we then made one each which was put aside to be fried later. we was shown how to do the capoira dance which was lovely to learn and also a song and some musical instruments. we then ended the evening sample our fried pastel. I would love to go back again to try there menu. the smell
of the food was lovely.
Headed to Cabana restaurant yesterday and learnt how to make pastels and the dough. I liked the wallpaper and style of the restaurant. After making the pastel they were put to a side and we were introduced to capoeira by Emanuel of Dende Capoeira school in Clapton. Enjoyed this. We then stretched and trying a basic move and learnt a capoeira song. We tried our pastel which I felt was like a fried pastie. Sorry I know a lot of people would disagree and it was tasty. Did not try the restaurant however sure I will come back to eat.
I visited Cabana last week for a Qype event and enjoyed my self a lot. I was greeted by an authentically made Caipirinha (not watered down by soda/tonic water), a strong Cachaca based cocktail. We were than introduced to the head chef Brian and expert pastel maker Roasanna, who talked us through how to make a pastel. After the intro to pastel making 101, we were let loose on the ingredients; 3 types of cheese, bananas, chocolate sauce, chicken (not all in the same pastel). While we waited for our pastel to cook we were treated to some Capoeira dancing and singing by the Dende Capoeira School, who ran us through a few basic moves and beats of the instruments. The only downside to the evening was that we didn't get to sample any of the menu (apart from the pastels that we made). I would definitely go back but would not know what to recommend or try first.
Had a wonderful really creative evening at Cabana. Qype had done a brilliant job. We were greeted by T and her Qype colleagues . Given a lovely Brazilian cocktail which I had never had before- really nice & I am now a fan! Then we were introduced to the PASTEL (a street food made with special pastry ) very difficult to make so you can buy it from the Queen of pastry maker Rossane . I filled mine with cheese & marinated chicken pieces. It was deep fried & the cheese melted beautifully with each mouthful. Then we got active and were introduced by Dende Capoeira School Some Capoeira movements & how to play their authentic Capoeira instrument. We all ended with a great native Brazilian song.
The restaurant itself was really nice & filled up quickly & it is right opposite the Olympic Park Gate where I had been the week before to watch the diving. Great evening. Will have to return to actually review the food served. But me and my friend Patrick loved the evening.
I am a fan of this place, its lovely and its so vibrant and lively.
Attended a Qype Event mid week at the Cabana, Wesfield Stratford the restaurant was easy to find. I was greeted by T (Event organiser) who gave me a highly potent cocktail containing white rum, limes and crushed ice. Then did some Pastel (e.g similar to pasty) making followed by playing instruments, dancing and singing a authentic brazilian evening. Thanks to the Music& Capoeira the dende capoeira school
I too was invited here as part of a Qype event. As others have already written about the pastel-making and the capoeira lesson, I'll skip over that and talk a little bit about the food, seeing as that's what people come to Cabana for! By the time the Qype event finished, my boyfriend and I were starving, so what better option than to eat in this wonderfully decorated area in which we'd been having so much non-eating fun for an hour or so? We were taken through the menu by our friendly waitress. Essentially, Cabana serves Brazilian street food, as well as the skewers which most Brazilian restaurants are famous for. Unlike the tradition rodizio, you only pay for what you order, as opposed to having a virtually unlimited supply of skewers making its way to your table until you cry, stop!. Whether that's good or bad depends on how hungry you are, as it does add up. I wasn't particularly fond of the sweetcorn pamonha as I found the taste of coconut too strong for my liking, but the black bean soup topped with crispy bacon was nice. In terms of the skewers, the spicy Malagueta chicken and the pork tenderloin with parmesan crust were delicious. Overall, the bill came out to over £20 per person for an order consisting of three skewers, two street food starters, two sides and two drinks. Upon walking out of the restaurant, we noticed a sign that said that the night we'd been was the last night of the unlimited skewers for £22.95 offer. I'm not sure whether we would have eaten that much, but it would have been nice if we'd been informed of that before we ordered.
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