Cabana is a Brazilian restaurant in Westfield London (Shephards Bush). It is a large, upbeat and comfy kind of place where you’d go for a casual night out. Cabana was buzzing with diners but it wasn’t too difficult to get a table on a saturday night without booking in advance.
By the time my husband and me got to Cabana (getting from the car park to anywhere in Westfield is quite a task in itself) we were starving so we ordered a variety of starters to get our taste buds in the mood.
Guaca -molho — I wouldn’t usually order guacamole neat but my husband loves the stuff so we did. It was bland like guacamole often can be.
Pae de Queijo — Cheesy dough balls were yummy and not suprisingly pretty cheesy, just how I like them. There were a bit too salty for my liking but I still enjoyed them.
Sweet Potato Fries — I am so in love with sweet potato fries, whenever I come across them, I always order them. These were crispy and served piping hot in metal tins which are becoming very popular these days. They had exactly the same serving dishes in Meat & Shake. And the fries were pretty similar too.
Brasilian Homeslaw — Pleasantly surprised by how different and comforting this coleslaw was. It was refreshing to eat coleslaw made fresh with cashew nuts in it, so much better than shop bought! I would definitely order this again.
Spicy Chicken Wings — Not bad, but I was disappointed to have just two wings in one portion, a bit scant! The meat was tender and juicy but the seasoning was misjudged, it needed more salt.
Spicy Malagueta Chicken Burger — They’re not joking when they call this spicy. The burger had a real kick to it which was a nice surprise as I love spicy food. Most non-Indian dishes usually aren’t as spicy as described. The burger was really tasty, but could have done with cheese in it to give it that extra oomph.
10oz Rib Eye Steak — This is the only halal beef item on the menu, so we went for it. It was a tad dry and had too many whole spices on it. We were hungry so we wolfed it down!
Peanut Butter & Oreo Shake — Little did we know the best part of the meal would be dessert. This sundae which was made of peanut butter frozen yogurt with dulce de leite caramel sauce covered with whipped cream and crushed oreos gave me an ‘Oh my god’ moment. It was out of this world. I want to go back just for this sundae. Next time you’re in Westfield you must stop for a sundae, I promise it will not let you down.
On the whole, Cabana will provide good food and ambience for a fun night out. Great, attentive service makes this a welcoming restaurant. I think the portions are too small for the starters and sides, and you have to order them as the main courses do not come with any sides. There is also a good range of mocktails for the tee total diner like myself. The dessert menu is really fun where you can create your own sundae plus a few Brazilian desserts on offer too. Another plus point is that there is a kids menu, so Cabana is family friendly too.
One observation I did make was that the board outside had a halal sign on it which can be misleading as only the chicken and one type of steak is halal.
Halal Status: Halal chicken and 10 oz rib eye steak halal only — verified by staff/management/Alcohol served/Pork served
Address: Westfield London, Upper Southern Terrace, Ariel Way, W12 7GB (Other locations too)
Cost:£££ (We ordered a lot of food so the bill came to £63 for two of us but you could easily eat for £20pp)