Restaurant news: Brazilian restaurant Cabana opens at Westfield and Canary Wharf eaterie Plateau gets a facelift

Seasoned restaurateurs Jamie Barber and David Pont� have teamed up to launch Cabana, a relaxed, vibrant and affordable new Brazilian barbecue restaurant which has just opened at Westfield Stratford City.

Pont�, who was born in Rio, has channelled his knowledge and love of Brazilian cuisine and culture into this latest venture and Cabana’s menu will be Barber and Pont�’s take on the best of Brasil.

Dishes include the popular Brasilian cheese dough balls known as pao de queijo as well as cheese pastels and chicken coxinhas.

“Cabanistas’ will circulate the room with colour coded barbecue skewers offering choices of meat as well as a number of vegetarian options including Giant Portobello Mushrooms with Halloumi Cheese.

Also on offer will be frozen yogurts and a list of Brazilian and Portuguese beers, including Sagres, on tap and cocktails including the national drink of choice, the Caipirinha.

Meanwhile in Canary Wharf restaurant Plateau is unveiling a new look, new grill menus, an art partnership and subtle changes to the main restaurant.

The facelift will be the first major design change since it opened eight years ago, and bosses say it will result in a new warm, stylish ambience, and a space for Canary Wharf’s discerning drinkers and diners.

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There will be new signature cocktails and the evening menu will offer more small plates and sharing dishes, to reflect the increased demand of more casual dining.

The redesign will be undertaken by creative consultant and Docklands resident Polly Dickens, formerly the Conran Shop’s creative director, who aims to bring warmth and femininity to Plateau.

Head chef Allan Pickett has created fresh new menus for the grill which will offer guests a wider variety of dining options, including a new a Menu Rapide of two courses served with a glass of house wine or soft drink for �13.50, as well as lighter mains such as a croque monsieur with chanterelles and French fries.

At dinner, a selection of around 10-12 tapas-sized dishes priced from �2.50 will be available, such as mini pulled pork and beef burgers with chilli relish, baby octopus with spiced tomato and Colchester rock oysters with rye bread.