33 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LS
If you’re looking for a place to have good Lusophone food right in the heart of the West End, look no further: Canela is the place to go. With branches in Covent Garden and Carnaby Street, the restaurant serves Portuguese specialities such as bacalhau (salted cod) and Brasilian dishes like feijoada (black beans stew), as well as lighter and more local choices like quiches and soups.
We’d recommend starting with something small and light like pão de queijo cheese breads, chorizo sausage in wine with bread, or coxinha, a Brazilian fried snack of chicken, onions and herbs which we’d go as far to say as being one of the best in London.
If you’re after something a little more filling, the chorizo tart, made with sausage, soaked bread and herbs, is delicious and different, but if you’re going for a full meal then we’d have to recommend the marvellous Bacalhau à Canela, which comes with potatoes, onions and herbs in a cream sauce – it’s tender and well seasoned, served
Delicious deserts include the Portuguese custard tart or pastel de nata, traditional Brazilian chocolate brigadeiro and the sumptuous coconut and egg quindim, amongst others, and they’re perfect to take home – if you’re feeling generous enough!