london: cabana restaurant opening

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with the 2014 world cup on the horizon, whether you're a soccer fan or not, you won't be able to escape the infectious latin spirit of brasil from it's pulsating rhythms, vivacious colours and a delectable cuisine that blends portuguese, spanish, west african and native indian flavours. we checked out the new, favela-flecked cabana on angel's very own supper street , and having visited brasil before, we were on the eye out for true authenticity. first test was the caipirinha, the country's addictive national cocktail, combining cachaça, sugar and lime - but we opted for pineapple + mint and passion fruit versions instead. so far, so very good. the food menu features both street food favourites and churrascaria-style brasilian barbecue cuts of meat.

pão de queijo balls, coxinha croquettes, malagueta prawns and empadas all make for moreish starters. for mains we opted for the succulent chimchurri-marinated pork steak with steaming black beans and cassava chips and the creamy coconutty mushroom moqueca curry with farofa. finally, the indulgent desert menu offered up amazonian white cocoa ice cream, doce de leite caramel fro-yo with peanut candy and incredibly naughty pastries oozing with hot nutella and banana. in a nutshell, if you're looking for a place to get to know brasilian culture, cabana is an excellent place to start with friendly staff, samba on the sound system and something on the menu for everybody. location: 56 upper street [angel].

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