On Saturday night, the Mr and I kicked off our bank holiday weekend in style with a trip to the recently opened Cabana Brasilian Barbecue Restaurant in Newcastle.
Located on Newgate Street in the old iconic Co-Op building, the restaurant is in a busy part of town close to bars, a cinema complex and shops. Whether you’re local or visiting for the weekend, lots of public transport links are nearby and there’s parking within walking distance as well. Always a big consideration when you’ve put your heels on for date night.
We were welcomed into the bright and vibrant atmosphere, complete with bold Brazilian decor by Cabana Newcastle’s manager Ash. Lights are strung across ceilings and walls, colours are eye-catching and the space is vast, with restaurant tables and the bar area spread across a couple of levels.
A live DJ was in charge of the South American tunes, making for foot-tapping and dancing about in seats aplenty. Some couples and friends shared tables simply for Saturday cocktails, as others tucked into hearty feasts.
The menu is ridiculously mouth-watering, and we decided to share a couple of starters; Salt Cod Fritters and Chargrilled Halloumi with Guava Dip. I’m honestly salivating writing this and looking back on the pictures. All I can say is… YUM.
The fritters were served with lime mayo and the halloumi with delish fruity dip. Both are gluten-friendly and if you have food intolerances, your best options are easily earmarked on the menu.
Onto the mains and we went for steaks from flame grilled skewers, but there’s lamb, pork, chicken, burgers and salads on offer too. I chose the Steak Fritas Osvaldo Aranha, which is fried in garlic. My other half picked the Cabana Steak, marinated with chilli and cumin. The skewers are brought to your table, with a meaty slice cut onto plates. You also get to choose two sides, so we went for; Sweet Potato Fries, Stir-Fried Garlic Spring Greens, Corn on the Cob and Cassava Fries.
Again you could share, although there was no way I was letting go of any of my Cassava Fries, devoured with Malagueta Mayo.
Happily full of amazing food, it would’ve been ridiculously rude to pass up on pud. Mandy, who looked after us, recommended Chocolate Raindrops. Fried doughballs, these beauties are not only stuffed with Nutella, but also come with melted Nutella dip too. They looked and tasted absolutely amazing.
Nega Maluca caught my eye, a flourless Brasilian Chocolate Cake packed with choccy flavour. Caramel sauce completes the dish, adding even more sweet sumptuousness.
I was already sure we’d be back again soon after our trip, but re-living the flavours by writing about them is making me want to bring that next meal even further forward. The food, service and ambiance at Cabana were all fantastic, with dishes arriving at the table without much of a wait at all, even on a busy Saturday night.
An absolute must-visit, whether you check out the Newcastle restaurant or a Cabana near you.
Our meal was complimentary in return for this review. However, as always, all views are our own. With a big thanks to the brilliant team at Cabana Newcastle.
Find out more about Cabana and locate your nearest restaurant: cabana-brasil.com.