Dinner at Cabana: Home of Rio Street Food - Southampton, UK

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Cabana Halal Southampton


After a long road trip from East Kent, and spending a fun filled afternoon at the Marwell Zoo in Winchester, we headed to the Westquay Shopping Centre at the Harbour Parade in Southampton. The mall had an amazing display of lights, and I was lucky enough to be at the Festival of Light setup on the Esplanade and to witness the fascinating  digital projections on the city walls of Southampton. Heofon Light Maze, Arboeal, Bloom & Illumaphonium were the highlights, and my favourites too! 

Westquay Shopping Center Southampton

After parking the car at the Westquay’s paid car park, we had a little stroll around the open area where we the lights were displayed and then headed straight to Cabana for a 3 course meal. Since it was weekend, the restaurant was really busy, but our table was already reserved and so we were guided towards the table by a friendly restaurant staff member. The decor at Cabana was really vibrant, and full of colours. I really loved the decor! Cabana has attempted to share the real Brasil which is reflected not just on the food served at the restaurant, but also with regards to the ambiance and sitting. 

Cabana Halal Southampton

We started off the meal with our first round of drinks and decided to order Sumol Passion Fruit Tropical (£2.95) and Cool Colada (£3.5). The passion fruit drink came in a can, and was actually a fizzy soda but I didn't get a chance to try it because BabyN' got hold of it and decided not to share. Cool Colada was absolutely  amazing, and perhaps the best drinks at Cabana that I've tried so far. It's basically a citrus quencher, muddled lemon and lime, caster sugar and soda water. It was extremely refreshing, and the taste was totally on point, just to my liking. I would definitely recommend this one for you guys to try when you're at Cabana for a meal. 

Cabana Halal Southampton

Cabana Halal Southampton

Cabana Halal Southampton

At the start of the meal, BabyN' was also handed over some colour pencils and a drawing sheet, and I'm so glad because it always makes him feel overjoyed when there's something special for him at any restaurant. Cabana also has a separate kid's menu, which is again a bonus point and the menu has been designed keeping in mind the liking and the preferences of the kids. 

Cabana Halal Southampton

For the starters, I opted for Chargrilled Atlantic Prawns (£6.95) while the husband opted for Spicy Malagueta Chicken Wings (5 for £6.95). Both these starters are Cabana's bestsellers and we totally enjoyed sharing them. The prawns were basted with Cabana's  Spicy Malagueta sauce and were served with green lettuce and some fiery red Brazilian chili. The piquancy of both the starters was tremendous, and we didn't need to ask for any other sauces or dips to enhance the original flavour of the dish. The chicken wings are one of my husband's favourite starters, and he is picky about the astringency at times so I was really pleased he liked them. However, the chili served with the prawns was extremely spicy, so if you're not very adventurous, then avoid munching it or if you do, then just make sure to get a glass of drink ready on the table, in case your mouth gets too fiery. 

Cabana Halal Southampton

Cabana Halal Southampton

The Kids menu at Cabana costs £6.95 for a 3 course meal, and they do have some choice for the little diners to choose from. For starters, we agreed upon Cheesy Dough Balls which are also the National Snack of Brasil, and coconut curry with chicken breast mini-skewers for the main. However, the other options in the main menu include a beefburger, mozeralla torrado and breaded chicken breast in a bun. For the sides, our options were Biro-Biro rice, french fries and corn on the cob but since BabyN's main meal was already coming with rice, we ordered french fries for him. 

The dough balls were served with garlic butter and were my absolute favourite. I think I must have eaten half of those doughballs as I was satisfied that he agreed to share our chicken wings. The taste of the curry was mild, so great for kids and the quantity was great too! For those who are coconut lovers, the curry should definitely be the choice. 

Cabana Halal Southampton

Cabana Halal Southampton

For the second round of drinks, we again ordered two non-alcoholic drinks - Limonada Suissa and Agua Fresca. Both drinks were refreshing, Agua Fresca was infused passion fruit and mint and was a little on the tangier side while the Limonada Suissa was slightly on a sweeter side. 

Cabana Halal Southampton

My main was the Spicy Malagueta Chicken (£13.95, served with 2 sides), also Cabana's bestseller, and the restaurant marinades chicken with their Spicy Malagueta sauce for 24 hours prior to cooking. For the sides, I opted for Coconut Slaw and Churrasco Fries French Fries. The regular fries on the menu are included in the price and there are 5 options to choose from, while the premium and Cabana Classic sides are also the options but with a little extra price. The menu also offers dips to the diners that cost 45p each, and the options include Chimichurri, Malagueta Mayo and Lime Mayo. 

Cabana Halal Southampton

Cabana Halal Southampton

Main for the husband was the 8oz Rio Rib Eye (£19.95, served with 2 sides) which was marinated with chilli and cumin and the sides he got were the Biro-Biro Rice and the Coconut Slaw. The rice were fried with herbs and spring onions and the coconut slaw was freshly made and was topped with toasted coconut that gave an extra crunch to the side on the whole, while the Churrasco  fries were tossed in Brasilian Steak-House Seasoning. 

Both the mains were served on our table in the skewers, directly from the BBQ. I really savored the taste of the Spicy Malagueta Chicken and the aroma itself was very satisfying. The zest and the seasoning in the sauce smothered on it satiated my palate quite well. Besides having my own main, I did get a chance to relish a couple of bites of the Rio Rib Eye too. The steak was cooked well, but I think the Cabana Kick Malagueta sauce added a bang to the meaty affair as without it, it would have been a little dry. 

Cabana Halal Southampton

For the the third and last course, which is also my favourite, we ordered Amazon Chocolate Cake (£5.95) and Banoffee Cheesecake (£5.95) for us, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream for BabyN'. I thought the chocolate cake would be a simple brownie with a layer of chocolate but it was high above the expectations as it was actually a very rich and dense cake and was served with a drizzle of caramel sauce. The second choice, Banoffee Cheesecake had a biscuit base, the center was gooey and it was topped with roasted almonds. Both the desserts are suitable for vegetarians and were bursting with flavour and easily melted in the mouth.

Cabana Halal Southampton

Cabana Halal Southampton

Our dining experience at Cabana Southampton was memorable, and I'm glad we won't have to travel to Southampton to relish the food served at the restaurant because they've got their restaurants in 10 other locations too which include around 7 restaurants in London (O2, Covent Garden, Islington, Brixton, Wembley, Westfield Stratford, Westfield White City) and one each in Leeds and Manchester too. 
  
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Rating: 7.5/10 
Pricing: Mid-Range 
Halal Meat: Chicken & Beef are Halal
Child-Friendly: Yes
Alcohol Available: Yes
Contact Cabana Southampton: 
Telephone: 02380219980
Location: West Quay Shopping Centre, Southampton SO15 1DE
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10 comments:

  1. It’s been such a long time since I’ve last tried Brasilian food. Glad they’ve got so many branches in London, might go to the one in Covent Garden

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  2. The food all looks really tasty. And it's nice when restaurants cater for children and have activities so adults can enjoy their meal!

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  3. The food looks great and is making me feel very hungry now

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  4. What a fantastic looking meal! So many textures and flavours - I'd love to visit there one day!

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  5. Oh it looks great, here, what a lovely bright atmosphere and the food looks delicious - especially the puddings!

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  6. Love Street Food so this looks super yum and delish

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  7. I love the idea of the coconut curry for kids. Makes a great change from chicken goujons!

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  8. Gosh your pictures make it all look so appetizing, I will have to visit when we are next in Southampton. I want a Limonada Suissa too! x

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  9. Wow some of these sound spicy! I love finding new restaurants to give a go so thanks for sharing

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  10. I'm always on the hunt for new places to eat & this one sounds amazing. A 7.5 out of 10 is great by my books so I shall have to try this if I'm ever around that area!

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