Out and about shopping in Westfield White City, my girlfriend came across Cabana, a Brazilian restaurant which serves up halal food! Something of an odd combination which is rarely seen, we thought we ought to give it a try.
Food - 5/10
Ambiance - 8/10
Service - 7/10
Value for Money - 5/10
For a different type of cuisine when out shopping in Westfield, why not give Cabana a try.
Price Range: ££
Telephone: 020 3249 1920
Address: Westfield, Upper Southern Terrace, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 7GB
Nearest Station: Shepherd’s Bush, White City
Westfield White City has several different cuisines available within the large 1,600,000sq ft shopping centre. From Indian to the Mediterranean, Brazilian food is a rare type to add to the mix. As Westfield attracts a vast range of tourists from all over the world, Cabana is a restaurant which infuses a rich tapestry of Portuguese, African, Italian, Japanese and Lebanese blends. This type of food is sure to attract the tourists, the Brazilian community, or even foodies like us at Plan and Eat.
The décor within Cabana involves a lot of straw-like made chandeliers and lanterns, which cover both floors of the restaurant. Along with signage across the areas for your sauces’ pickup to the kitchen, Cabana is very lit up with bright lights and full of life.
Starters & Drinks
For starters, we ordered a portion of Chicken Croquetas. The reason for ordering this is because we love chicken croquettes ever since trying them a few years back. The croquetas were amazing to have and taste even better with the dip Malaqueta Mayo which came served with the starter. Even though it states spices, it isn’t spicy at all, so for those people who can’t handle their spice, this is something perfectly fine to eat.
For drinks, we both ordered the Passionfruit Mojito. Our love and passion for mojitos stem from the refreshing taste of lime and mint and on a very hot day, an ice-cold beverage does the trick. Mojitos normally come with lemon or strawberry flavoured, but we just had to try the passionfruit. The taste of the drink was very refreshing and made us think of Rubicon drinks, you know them passionfruit ones.
As a person who doesn’t like a chicken on a bone, I was drawn directly to the Butterfly Chicken Breast. Along with the option of two sides, I chose Churrasco Fries and Bir-Biro Rice making my main meal sorted. My girlfriend took a while to choose through the menu and opted for the Spicy Malagueta Salmon with Churrasco Fries and Coconut Slaw. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any salmon so she chose the Flame Grilled Chicken Skewer.
The food came after some time of waiting, but then again the restaurant was packed with people and located within a busy shopping mall, it can be understandable for the wait.
The Butterfly Chicken Breast came served on a plate with the chips and rice, yet the plate looked kind of empty. The size of the chicken breast, when compared with Nando’s, is questionable as I found this very small. The chicken portion looked like a very thin slice of chicken. Ordering the flavour as ‘Spicy Malagueta’ which they dubbed as medium heat and peri peri but better, I found it to be quite dry and hot for my liking. The taste was decent but I would prefer to say peri peri is better. Maybe its just peri peri is more common and this was a new taste for me. The chips were thin-cut sliced and sprinkled with their steak-house seasoning, which for me was okay to have, yet nothing special tasting. I wasn’t fond of the rice as it was plain boiled rice with a few pieces of spring onions placed on top. I had to give the rice a pass as having with dry chicken didn’t work for me.
The Flame Grilled Chicken Skewer came as a separate dish to the sides. We were quite confused on this as the sides came first on an empty plate, with no mention of where the actual main was. A few minutes later when the main did come, a waiter had bought it over on a large skewer and placed it nicely onto the plate. Kudos for them trying to use new serving techniques, but communication needs to be there. My girlfriend really liked the chicken which had the same flavour as mine, Spicy Malagueta. However, she was not too fond of the Coconut Coleslaw.
Cabana overall provides a fresh new cuisine which is hardly found within London and most of all halal. With an amazing décor and brilliant location within the bustling shopping mall of Westfield, the restaurant is definitely able to drum up attraction from ongoing tourists. However, this restaurant may lose out on competition when compared with Nando’s. I wouldn’t say they are direct competition though there are similarities. There are other branches available including a popular destination at the o2 Arena in North Greenwich, which I might give another try when out for a concert.