Canela is a popular restaurant-cum-wine bar in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials, offering authentic Portuguese fare, boutique wines and the best custard tarts in London! Pop in for a freshly made sandwich or salad from the deli counter, a glass of fizz and a cheese and charcutaria board, or a hearty pre-theatre dinner...
Canela is located on Earlham Street in the heart of the theatre district and London’s most fashionable shopping area. It has only recently reopened, now with a second entrance onto Shorts Gardens and a refreshed look. The interior has a relaxed, retro vibe, with vintage radios adorning the walls and warm pendant lighting, and you’ll find groups of friends chatting over a bottle of red and sharing plates on long, sociable benches, plus people sitting on high stools working on their laptops.
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Canela offers regional classics alongside modern petiscos, focussing on bold flavours, the freshest produce and imaginative presentation. Every dish they serve has originated from an old family recipe and they import all their food from directly from specialist regions in Portugal.
It’s a popular lunch spot and their deli counter is brimming with delicious homemade salads and freshly made sandwiches. Try their generously filled serrano ham and serra cheese sandwich, which comes in fluffy, herby bread or opt for the healthy salad of the day. There’s also an array of pastries and handmade desserts to salivate over and their Pastel de Nata (Portuguese custard tart) is an absolute must-try. Alternatively, if you’re looking to try something a little different, why not tuck into a portion of chocolate salami?
If you fancy eating in and enjoying the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere however, there’s a range of snacks, small plates, sharing options and more substantial dishes on the menu.
Charcuterie and cheese boards come highly recommended, offering the finest Portuguese chesses and cured meats, including hand carved, acorn-fed black pig.
Popular smaller plates include Pastéis de Bacalhau (beautifully crispy, salted cod croquettes), Batata Doce Assada com Chouriço e Salsa (roasted sweet potato with chorizo and a fresh salsa verde) and Pimentos e Alho Assado no Forno (oven roasted peppers, confit garlic and delicious herby bread). Or if you fancy something more substantial, there’s always a classic Portuguese dish of the day.
Many choose to drop in and just have a glass of wine and a bowl of plump, Portuguese olives. Their wine list is a real treat, offering a huge range of quality Portuguese wines which have been handpicked from small, family owned vineyards. They regularly host cheese and wine tastings, which are a great opportunity to sample some of Portugal’s finest delights and meet great people.
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