Girls night – Cabana

After a big dissertation hand-in, it was finally time for a girly catchup. I hadn’t seen these two in forever, so where better to head than one of the hottest new openings in town; Brazilian-themed Cabana.

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Festoon lighting, a South American-inspired menu and 2-4-1 on cocktails before 7 or after 10 (and not poorly priced between the two either) makes this place cosy and affordable to grab celebratory drinks.

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We arrived half an hour early for our table and settled in at the bar. Enter the flaming cocktails and (not very) ladylike behaviour. Bar service is kept on a tab and added to your table, which saves you scrambling for change every time you want to split the 2-4-1 bill.

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After a few pre-dinner looseners (try any of the caipirnihas, trust me), we shuffled over to our seat, a cute upholstered booth with views of the kitchen, where they cooked all the food right in front of you.

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After watching the chefs whip up a few, I couldn’t help but order the Steak Fritas Osvaldo Aranha, with H following suit. They bring it to you still on the skewer and place it on your plate with a flourish. C had long-ago decided on the squid burger, being one of those people who need to know the menu inside out before dining out.

Calamari rings with lime mayonnaise and medium-rare steaks were paired with lashings of cheese and beany, meaty, delicious hash dolloped on a huge portion of fries (the Feijoada fries. I would recommend these 100%).

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Only improved by a smooth, creamy colada in a coconut shell, and even more caipirinhas to round off the night.

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My only criticism; it is situated right next to Turtle Bay (review to come), a very similar set-up with identical drinks deals, but Caribbean themed. Is that even a criticism? It just means you can stumble between bars without having to pay for a taxi.

So how did new opening fare?

FOOD: 7/10

DRINKS: 7/10

SERVICE: 7/10

ATMOSPHERE: 8/10

 

As we finished, they brought us our bill, complete with ‘wish bands’, which you tie around your wrist three times as you make a wish. When they eventually fall off, your wish will come true!

Adorable, if a bit impractical.

 

Viva Brazil!

 

The NCLinsider xx

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