Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bidding to Recreate Real Taste of Brazil; What's on Editor GORDON BARR Chats to the Boss of New Brazilian Restaurant Cabana, Which Opens in Newcastle Later This Month

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bidding to Recreate Real Taste of Brazil; What's on Editor GORDON BARR Chats to the Boss of New Brazilian Restaurant Cabana, Which Opens in Newcastle Later This Month

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Byline: Follow Gordon Barr @GORDONBARRCHRON is this month

NEW Brazilian restaurant Cabana is in the final stages before opening in the former Co-op building in Newcastle city centre.

Cabana will be located on Newgate Street in the newly revamped Co-operative building, and aims to inject some South American-style spirit and sass to the Tyne.

Newcastle was first championed as the "Brasilia of the North" by T Dan Smith, who saw potential in the city's interesting and diverse landscape in the 1960s, and highlighted the similarities between Newcastle and Brazil's capital.

Cabana now wants to reignite that vision and bring the atmosphere and culture of Brazil to the streets of the North East.

I visited Cabana in London's Covent Garden and, if the vibe in Newcastle is anything similar to this, then it's on to a winner.

Cabana's signature barbecue skewers, including their best-selling spicy malagueta chicken and chilli and cumin Cabana steak, are a must, as well as a selection of Brazilian street food snacks, including crispy lula squid with malagueta mayo, and spicy malagueta chicken dough balls.

As well as Cabana's delicious barbecue food (I've tried it and it's superb) the bar also serves up Brazil's famous (and Cabana favourite!) caipirinha cocktail in classic, fruity and fiery variations, alongside some exciting Brazilian craft beers.

David Ponte, part owner of Cabana with Jamie Barber, was brought up in Rio and told Gordon Follow @GORDONBARRCHRON me: "I love the fact that Rio has its Christ statue looking over it and Newcastle (Gateshead) has its Angel of the North overlooking it. So if we can get some more twinning of the two cities I'd be very happy.

"What we never wanted to do was create a Disney-like Brazil. You could never bring Brazil to Britain or Newcastle - they couldn't be more different. …

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