Cabana Corn Exchange: A taste of Brazil in Manchester

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We were recently invited to the vibrant, award-winning home of Rio street food, skewers and cocktails to try their menu and sample the carnival spirit of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

The Venue:

Located in the Corn Exchange, Cabana captures the carnival spirit of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo perfectly with quirky décor, “up-cycled” furniture, pipe lights, neon signs, murals of the famous Ipanema beach and a range of vibrant colours.

Cabana have infused some samba spirit into the Grade II-listed building’s original features with booths made from recycled cages, lighting fashioned from kites and brightly painted columns throughout the venue.

The venue is split over two levels, with the main dining area downstairs. The best place to enjoy your dining experience in our opinion was either under the spectacular glazed ceiling of the Grade II-listed building or on the terrace looking out over Cathedral Gardens.

The venue is also perfect if you just want to grab a few cocktails on the balcony while you relax on hammocks, play chess or play board games.

The Food:

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The menu takes its inspiration from the traditional Brasilian churrascarias, modern “New Style” Brasilian dishes and local snacks found on most Brasilian street corners.

The most popular dishes on the menu include marinated skewers, which are grilled fresh to order on a custom-made grill, such as the best-selling Spicy Malagueta Chicken, lamb, steak and pork.

Cabana sets itself apart by offering a fantastic street food selection with dishes including coxinhas, cassava chips, Pão de Queijo, chargrilled prawns and salt cod fritters.

While at Cabana we tucked into:

  • Chargrilled Halloumi with Guava Dip which was a classic combination, known as “Romeo & Juliet” in Brasil.
  • Chargrilled Atlantic Prawns basted in Spicy Malagueta sauce
  • Spicy Malagueta Chicken which was marinated for 24 hours in sticky, medium heat Spicy Malagueta sauce. The sauce resembled piri piri…… only better!
  • To accompany our main we had side of Churrasco Fries which came tossed in Brasilian Steak-House Seasoning and some Rio nbeans which where slow-cooked with cumin, onions and garlic.

The Drinks:

Cabana’s cocktail menu showcases Brasil’s most famous cocktails, from flavoured Caipirinhas to blended Batidas, alongside a range of Cabana’s own Brasil-inspired concoctions.

You cant visit Cabana without trying the national cocktail, the Caipirinha. The cocktail is made with a Brazilian sugar cane spirit called cachaça, fresh pressed lime & sugar.

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