If you were to travel from Leeds to Rio in Brazil, it would be a trip that would be an exhausting long-haul flight of around 6,000 miles.
Thankfully, for hungry folk in Yorkshire, there is Cabana Brasilian Barbecue in Trinity Leeds which spins the compass and serves up food from South America to the North of England.
Home to the famous Spicy Malagueta Chicken (using the Brasilian Malagueta chilli) and other lipsmacking delicacies like Crispy Lula Squid and Cheesy Baked Doughballs, Cabana has got us stretching out our arms wider than Christ the Reedemer’s statue for its warm welcome to the food scene.
Serving halal-friendly food and vegetarian fare, along with their drool-inducing Brasilian barbecue, co-founder Jamie Barber and his business partner - Brasilian-born David Ponte – set up Cabana in 2012, bringing their own brand of casual dining to customers.
Jamie told the Asian Express: “I’ve always been captivated by ‘churrascarias’, Brasilian barbecues, or as I liked to call them, ‘the thing with the skewers’.”
The restaurateur, who also owns Hush in Mayfair, was mesmerised by the ‘grand ballet of giant skewers coming straight off the grill’ and knew that we would be, too.
“There was no-where that took the heart of Brasilian barbecue - the freshly grilled meat and giant barbecue skewers -and placed it within a modern setting,” Jamie explained.
The duo wanted to showcase the best of Brasil: the optimism, the vibrant ingredients and the heat and so Cabana was born.
Jamie added: “We want to transport our diners there so that they forget, even for an hour or so, that they’re in the UK.
“We aim to make sure that every part of the Cabana experience - from the taste of our best-selling chicken, Caipirinha cocktails and fruity refrescos, to the ‘upcycled’ interior - lifts our customers’ spirits and whisks them far away.”
Jamie and David said: “Expect fresh, bold flavours of flame-grilled skewers and Brasilian street food, friendly staff ready with a smile and a dynamic, colourful setting to enjoy it all in.”
There isn’t another restaurant quite like this one in Leeds that offers easy-going Brasilian food served in such a unique and jazzy way.
“But more than that, I think the Cabana experience is what makes us stand out from the crowd,” Jamie added.
“We aim to give customers a 360 degree experience, which means every element; from the lighting, to the music to the food and drink, dances in harmony like the Samba.”
So call in at Cabana: it’s so Brasilian – you’ll need your passport before you step through their doors.
4 Albion Street,
Tel: 0113 3917500