Canela, Covent Gardens, London
A pleasant, comfortable cafe, with a Portuguese/Brazilian bent, certainly a suitable place to while away a nice part of a lazy sunny day.
A dry steely white from Alentejo, nice integrated acidity, from their all Portuguese/Brazilian wine list.
In the bacalhau à brás, reconstituted salt cod with its characteristic firm fibres, a pillar of Portuguese cooking, is cooked with finely shredded potatoes that are fried to a nice crisp, which I love. A sharp salad of rocket and frisee, dressed sharply.
An ok chocolate cake, nothing deep or fudgy but nothing bad.
I just ate at Canela last night ( at the Covent Garden location) and it was absolutely delicious and perfect for a pre-show meal. I went with a group, so I tried a variety of foods but my favorites were: Brazilian Cheese Bread, Bacalhau a bras, the Black Bean/Smoked Meat Stew and, I didn't eat it, but the banana/cinnamon cake looked delicious. Highly reccomended, especially as a cheap eat.