If you're a regular visitor to Trinity Leeds, you may have already visited Cabana Brasilian Barbecue. On the top floor situated across from Trinity Kitchen, it's a great venue for both food and cocktails. Last week saw the launch of its new lunch menu so I headed over to try some of the dishes, and of course try a cocktail or two.
One of my favourite things about Cabana is the cocktail happy hour. You can choose from a multitude of flavoured Caipirinhas, Cabana classic cocktails and tropical Batidas, all of which are 2-4-1 from 12pm - 7pm and 10pm - close. The raspberry Caipirinha went down far too well! It's lovely and refreshing and not too sweet, I'd definitely recommend it. I know that Cabana was also the first restaurant in the UK to introduce frozen Caipirinhas which is pretty cool - who doesn't love an alcoholic slush puppy?
A few of the new lunch menu dishes were prepared for us to try in taster sizes, first up was the Lulapapa and Salchippa. The Lulapapa comprises of crispy squid tossed with sweet potato fries and malagueta mayo and the Salchippa is a pork and papaya sausage variety of the Lulapapa. I'm obsessed with crispy squid, it's my ultimate favourite starter and the combination of squid and the slightly spicy malagueta mayo in the Lulapapa is perfect. I was also a huge fan of the barbecued sausage, I could definitely see myself popping in for lunch and enjoying either of the dishes as a lunchtime treat. They're both part of the Express Lunch Fast-Food Lunchbox menu and cost £6.95 each, which is on the pricey side for lunch but worth it to know you'll be full until dinner time.
Snack food is my favourite type of food to eat whilst having cocktails, so the hummus and crudités went down a treat! The two mains we tried from the lunch menu were the Bahian Coconut Curry and the Hipanema Bowl, both are in the set two course lunch menu. You can choose either a starter and main or a main and dessert for £9.95 on from Monday till Friday. Great value for money and 100% worth a try if you work in the city centre.
I'm not often a fan of a creamy curry (I couldn't think of anything worse than a chicken
korma), so I didn't hold out much hope for the Bahian Coconut Curry but low and behold... it was actually my favourite dish. I love the flavour of coconut but often find a coconut curry too sweet however, this was really tasty and didn't have an artificial sweetness.
The curry comes with Biro-Biro rice and your choice of either spicy malagueta chicken, steak or halloumi mini skewers. Similarly, the Hipanema Bowl comes with a choice of spicy malagueta chicken, steak or halloumi mini skewers but the bowl contains a quinoa, avocado and squash salad with mango dressing. I didn't find the quinoa bowl as tasty but it's always great to have a healthier option too.
Throughout the evening we were treated to some live music and the staff were on hand to keep the cocktails flowing, so there was a great atmosphere. It's a great place to go as a bigger group and be able to properly speak to your friends, as there's loads of big tables and dishes that you can share.
If you're not local to Leeds, there's also restaurants in Manchester and Newcastle and a few dotted around London! I'm thinking about buying one of the cookbooks too so I can try and recreate some of the dishes at home.
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