Canela, Covent Garden


Canela Cafe and Restaurant, Covent Garden

Today I am sharing with you one my favourite places in London at the moment.

Called Canela (for “cinammon” in Portuguese), it’s hidden away in the heart of Covent Garden, and I find myself mentioning it again and again in conversations with friends. If fresh food that’s authentic, packed full of flavour, and comes at an unpretentious price tag is your thing, then I promise you will love it too.

Featuring regional classics with a contemporary twist, the cafe serves a selection of Portuguese cheeses, cured meats and sharing plates from £3 to £13. As I said, very affordable. The setting and retro-chic decoration make for a lovely and relaxed atmosphere, and on each visit I have found the staff really friendly, happy to chat about the intricacies of Portuguese cuisine and culture, and genuinely pleased at our enthusiasm for their dishes.

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Here you can get your hands on Portuguese specialties such as Cod or Ham Croquettes and Chorizo braised in Douro Wine, as well as delicacies such as the famous Custard tart Pastel de Nata, and Chocolate Salami. I recommend you also try the Galão, a classic Portuguese Latte which is served in a tall glass and comes with its own stick of cinnamon. A fragrant, rich and delicious drink.

As for their wine list, it is short but perfectly formed; the owner has personally sourced small family-owned vineyards from all over Portugal and you can pick the region directly from an illustrated map on the wall. Don’t hesitate to ask for their recommendations depending on the dish you’re eating. To conclude your meal on a sweet and indulgent note, I would encourage you to get a glass of Port.

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Polvo – Octopus, Chickpeas, Peppers, Onions and Herbs

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Bifana – Pork Steak on Bread with Portuguese Mustard Sauce

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Bolo – Banana Cinnamon Cake

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Do you know what I’m doing in this picture? I’m still thinking about that cake. Come on, I know you are too.

Well there you go.

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Yes indeed. Worth the visit alone.

I hope you will enjoy this chic Portuguese cafe as much as I do, let me know your impressions if you pay them a visit! In the meantime, do tell me – where are your favourite places to eat in London at the moment? I need some recommendations for when my dad and stepmom visit mid-June, they’re quite the foodies.

Canela | @canelawc2
Open everyday 9am until late
33 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LS

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6 Comments

Iris
May 31, 2015

This looks well worth a visit (and a trip to Covent Garden, which I hardly make anymore!). Having fallen in love with Portuguese cuisine on my recent trip to Lisbon, being able to get that wonderful food in London can only be a good thing...and believe it or not, I still have yet to try cod croquettes :)

Jesse
May 31, 2015

Hi Federica, thank you for commenting and I'm sure you would love Canela! Plenty of options for your sweet tooth as well as the elusive cod croquettes! Let me know what you think if you visit xx

Jasiminne
June 1, 2015

Oooooh Jesse! I'm making a rare trip to Covent Garden today (checks watch - actually, in about half an hour) and your Covent Garden posts including this one is all I need to outstay my appointment and have a wander around! x

Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

Jesse
June 1, 2015

Jasiminne, I'm so glad - you won't regret it! Let me know if you enjoyed Canela xx

Honey (The Girl Next Shore)
June 1, 2015

I love Canela, too!

As for other favourite spots, mine include Lab (Old Compton St), Dalla Terra (St Martin’s Courtyard), and The Hospital Club (Covent Garden). I can’t wait to see what’s in Pop Brixton, too! =)

Jesse
June 1, 2015

So glad to hear from another Canela fan Honey! Thank you for your recommendations, I have only been to Lab so looking forward to checking the two others. Rob has mentioned Pop Brixton to me too, maybe we should organise a foodie outing? xx

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