Cabana Leeds preview evening

cabanaleedsFancy being one of the first in Leeds to try a taste of award-winning authentic Brazilian food & drink? Why yes I do. Thank you very much.

I‘m usually the last to know when it comes to great places to eat. So, getting the chance to try Cabana before anyone else and bring the boyfriend along, was too good an opportunity to pass up.

As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by friendly staff and offered the first of many Caipirinhas of the night.

Cabana caipirinhasThe grill was just getting fired up when we arrived, giving us the chance to sample the many flavours of Caipirinhas on offer, munch on some very addictive toasted corn-nuts and admire the restaurant. Cabana was launched in 2011 by Jamie Barber and Brasilian-born David Ponté. We got to have a lovely chat with Jamie about all things Cabana. He told us so many stories about how Cabana came to be and how most things you see in the restaurant have their own story. Like the lights that are made out of old copper piping in Brasil and that the denim fabric covering the seats is made out of recycled jeans.

cabana leedscabana leedsThe Food

Not long after sitting down, more Caipirinhas arrived and food was on it’s way. First up were these delicious Crunchy Fried Rice Balls. These are Rice Bolinhos filled with melted Parmesan, served with Malagueta mayo and fresh Lime.

cabana rice ballsHow yummy do they look? On the night I described these in a tweet as “little balls of heaven”. They tasted so good.

Not long after mourning the loss of these heavenly bites, we were offered Pulled Pork Sliders. These are cheesy dough balls filled with Malagueta pulled pork. They were followed by Spicy Malagueta Prawns. Perfectly grilled Atlantic prawns basted with Malagueta Sauce. Not a prawn fan? I’m not usually, but I have to say these were delicious.

cabana malagueta prawnI then got to try the; Spicy Malagueta Chicken, Zingy Lime & Garlic Chicken and ChilliChilli Lamb Lamb (not a typo) and Steak. I would definitely go back and order all of the above, but I have to say that my favourite was the Spicy Malagueta Chicken. This is their best seller and it’s not hard to see why.

Before moving on to dessert, lets talk about sides. I only got to try the Sweet Potato Fries and Cassava chips, but there is quite a selection to choose from on the menu. I say only, I think I tried enough don’t you?  Suprisingly, I really enjoyed the sweet potato fries. I’m not usually a fan, but these ones were yummy and very moreish. Perfect if you are trying to make smarter food choices or justify being able to eat dessert.

cabana foodIt’s not all about the meat and spicy sauce at Cabana, they also have a wide range of desserts on offer. I got to sample the Chocolate Raindrop Doughnuts and a piece of Nega Maluca, also known as Brasilian Chocolate Cake. They were both delicious and what’s not to love about fried dough balls stuffed with Nutella? They were amazeballs (see what I did there?) and perfect for sharing. Or not..

cabana dessertIt was a lovely evening and I honestly can’t wait to go back. Apologies if I have made it seem like Cabana is all about the meat, a number of their dishes are gluten free and they do have a number of vegetarian options to choose from. The Vegoada and the Halloumi & Portobello burger both sound amazing. I’m not a veggie, but I wouldn’t mind giving them a try.


  • Me too! I really enjoyed it. x

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