North East Visits | Cabana Brasilian Barbecue Newcastle Launch Night

On Wednesday night I was kindly invited along to the launch of Cabana Brasilian Barbecue located in Newcastle in the old Co-op building, next door to Turtle Bay. I had Steven as my trusty plus one, we'd never been to a Brasilian Bar/Restaurant so we were excited to see what it was about. I love how exciting the new places opening in Newcastle are right now! 

The founders of Cabana Jamie and David's aim is to show the real side of Brasil. The communal way of eating and sharing food, the eccentricities of the cities and the Brasilian spirit! There are now 10 branches of Cabana Brasilian Barbecue across the UK. I found that the uplifting environment they try to create here definitely shone through. 

We were very warmly greeted on arrival and were offered Caipirinha's at the bar, which is Brasil's national cocktail, made with cacha├ža, sugar and lime. We both tried the traditional one first which was super refreshing. The vibe here was really fun and upbeat, they had DJ Carlito playing some bouncy Latino tunes and everyones eyes were on the carnival dancers (who were gorgeous and lovely btw), who as you can see Steven couldn't resist getting a photo with!

They were also serving Mango and Raspberry Caipirinha's which we both had to sample too, the raspberry was my favourite but they were all delicious, the people behind the bar were cranking them out like no tomorrow! There were also beers and wines to try and Steven had a bottle of the Palma Louca which he really enjoyed. 

Swiftly the Brasilian street snacks started appearing from the kitchen, I think we managed to try everything that was brought out (I did hear something about Chocolate Raindrop Doughnuts but I was gutted they didn't make an appearance before we had to leave!), we tried the Cheesy Baked Dough Balls which were amazing! We also had some Halloumi Skewers with a Guava Dipping Sauce which was so yummy! I could've drank it! We also tried the chips and Steven tried some of the Guava-Cue Chicken which he said was really tasty!

Not forgetting the Newcastle football legend that is Mirandinha who was there to open the eatery! He was the first Brasilian player to play for an English team, about 10 years before I was born but my mam and dad swiftly filled me in, he even had him own chant (we've got Mirandinha, he's not from Argentina, he's from Brasil, he's fucking brill!). There were also little ribbons on the tables which we were told to tie around our wrists 3 times, make a wish and leave them on until they fall off, I love stuff like that! We had a fab night, yummy cocktails, delicious food and such a fun atmosphere, we can't wait to go back! 


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