On November 15, La Cabana was opened. While the restaurant at Speke Apartments, Wampewo avenue, serves continental and Indian dishes, it is for the Brazilian cuisine that it is popular.
Ugandans and expatriates alike have embraced the restaurant. For Ugandans, the variety of meat keeps them going back according to Felix Sendagire, the head of gauchos.
“They also love the idea that you can eat as much as you can. The ‘All You Can Eat’ concept and ambience keeps them coming back.”
When I visited La Cabana last week, a group of 20 was meeting over meat. The gauchos – waiters dressed like Brazilian cowboys – constantly offer clients their next quality cuts.
That is why Sendagire, who had a two-year stint at Texas De Brazil in Dubai, insists on his team having the ability to engage clients and be knowledgeable about whatever they have on the menu.
Each guest receives a card that says Nyongera (Yes Please) on one side and Nedda Webale (No, Thank You) on the other side. As long as the Yes Please side is still visible, more servings will be offered until the guest turns the card to the red side reading No, Thank You.
The troops of gauchos roam the dining area offering cuts of beef, chicken, pork and lamb for the Shs 75,000 Churrasco Meat category.
The chicken comes in three varieties; beer-marinated drumsticks, BBQ drumsticks and garlic-marinated thigh. In addition, guests get to enjoy lamb, steak and rock salt pork cubes. I ordered for onion rice and fries as my side dishes.
First, I dug into the three chicken pieces one by one. The BBQ drumstick was bursting with flavours on the inside while the beer-marinated drumstick had the benefit of hops and barley from Tusker lager used to marinate it.
I preferred my lamb and steak well made and the lamb tender to my taste. I am not a big fan of chunky onions but the moment I tried the rice, I knew I was hooked.
The brown long- grain rice, onions, green pepper and other flavours all came together to make a great combination with each mouthful.
For lovers of seafood, Premium Churrasco Experience is the way to go.
On top of the six cuts, this one adds beef sausages, bacon-wrapped lemon chicken and the popular Lemon Garlic Prawns. The churrasco experience goes for Shs 125,000.
There are also options for vegetarians at the All-You-Can-Eat salad bar.