London Eating. London Drinking. London Clubbing. Basically things to do in London. Free things. Fun things. Quirky things. This is what I do. This is what I will write about. This is my London blog.
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Canela is a Portuguese based restaurant/café. They have
a place in Seven Dials and another little one on Oxford Street, and they used to have one near Carnaby Street but that is now Pitt Cue Co. I had been
planning on having some feijoada, a traditional Portuguese stew with sausage
and black beans but when I got there it was a little more expensive than I was
expecting. I didn’t want to pay over £11 for what I was thinking would be a snack,
not a sit-down main meal. However, they
have a counter full of sweet things (pasteis de nata, chocolate fondants etc) and savouries (lots of quiches, salads) that were of the right size and
price range. I chose a chicken coxinha because I didn’t know what it was and it
sounded suitably Portuguese, and a Pao de queijo (cheese bread). The man who
took my order asked if I wanted them warmed, and I assented. I paid my £4.80
and took my delights with me.
Pointy 'scotch egg'
Its true contents are revealed!
coxinha was a bit like a Scotch egg. Except that instead of an egg in the
middle, it was chicken. And instead of it being encased in sausage, it was
encased in potato. And instead of being round it was pointy. But otherwise very
similar. So, actually, a coxinha is a filled potato croquette. It was quite
nice - the chicken was very nicely seasoned, but it was a little dry. Some sort
of hot sauce or dip would have made it really good.
And then I moved on to my
cheese bread. I can imagine me developing a habit for these. They were light,
but at the same time reassuringly dense, and chewy. Very cheesy and decadently
buttery. I’ll be coming back for more.