Cravo e Canela
Having delivered the most delicious cakes and Brasilian sweets to private parties and events since 2008, Cravo & Canela now offer the chance for customers to taste all of their treats in a cosy little café in Brixton – no pre-ordering necessary.
Luiz, one of the owners, tells us that he and chef Orlando began slowly, just baking cakes for small parties. But as their reputation grew, eventually they found themselves with about nine or so cakes around the house and no space for anything else. And that was before they started providing savoury snacks as well: “that’s how the idea for the café emerged. We needed more space and we also felt it was the right time to get the word out about us”.
And it did the trick. Sampling their tasty coxinha (£1.60) and the ultra-scrumptious mixed berry white Belgian chocolate cake (£2.50 a slice) will make you want to come back for more – or take it all home, which you most certainly can! Cakes come in four sizes, catering for 10 to 50 people (£27-£65) and Luiz says they also bake cakes for weddings. Traditional Brasilian party sweets such as brigadeiro, beijinho, cajuzinho and chocolate truffles are on the menu, as well as mini-savouries like pão de queijo, empadinhas, coxinhas and risoles – also available in frozen packs (£6 for 20). And on the weekends, specialities like feijoada make an appearance to give you the full experience of Brasilian cuisine. The whole package indeed.
See our Brazilian Restaurants in London guide for a comprehensive list of restaurants serving Brazilian food