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Covent Garden's Canela is a delightful Portuguese cafe offering a selection of main meals, delicious cakes and mouthwatering alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks including an extensive range of unusual teas.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

11:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 21:00

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Canela reviews

By I L.

I visited the Earlham Street Canella during London Wine week to partake in a Portuguese wine tasting. The wine was so delicious, and expertly described. I was with girlfriends, and after the tasting we stayed to share some starters and boards; the squid was stand out! Overall a lovely evening, the staff were very friendly and there was a nice atmosphere with the doors open so a summer evening.

By Sophie D.

I visited Canela for dinner a couple of weeks back with a group of girlfriends and had a really lovely time. The food was delicious- we shared platters of Iberian ham and beautiful Portuguese cheeses and washed it down with a lovely sparkling white wine. The staff here are so friendly, and the decor and atmosphere is perfect for a relaxed summer evening with friends. Highly recommend!

By C K.

Recently attended a wine tasting at Canela with some friends. I found the staff not only incredibly friendly and polite but very patient with my lack of knowledge of portuguese food and wine. The quality of food that we received was impressive and the atmosphere in the restaurant has a great energy about it. I'll definitely be going back!

By S M.

Oh dear. Where do I start? It was the second time I've been to Canela and will most definitely be my last! It was simply awful! The first thing I noticed was the waitress wearing jeans and trainers (have they never heard of cross-contamination?). We had some chorizo and bread which was nice, but there was not enough bread!

We then asked for the famous Portuguese dish bacalhau a braz, being Portuguese myself I know what it should look and taste like. Unfortunately I was presented with something that not only didn't look but also didn't taste like the dish is supposed to. In short it was horrendous! In detail : Everyone knows that bacalhau a braz should never be done with crisps, let alone with crisps from a packet! What was supposed to be slightly salted cod cooked with eggs was a rubbery poor excuse of an omelet with very, very bland cod instead. To add insult to injury the below bog standard meal appeared to have been cooked on the same plate it was served. Everything was awful!

Canela's food is an insult to Portuguese cuisine, and they should hang their hands in shame. I will never go back, and will never recommend it to anyone else! The worst meal I have ever had in London, and by the way, one look at those pasteis de nata to know they were not fresh. Never, never again!

By A B.

The service was awful. There were two persons attending people, wearing trainers and extremely serious, making the customer feel awkward.

My salted cod had 7 (seven) bay leaves...a bit too much for my taste. Have of the plate was salad (dressed) and the other have the salted cod dish with much more potato than cod.

I will not come back. There are many nice restaurants out there with service and food far better than this.

By Siege S.

There are two Canela's, one in Newburgh St and one in Covent Garden on Earlham Street. I went to the Earlham cafe today after eating at the Newburgh branch for the first time yesterday.

Stating that things are cheap/expensive is pretty pointless as it's relative to what you can afford. I prefer judging things on their value.

Canela has some very nice prepared dishes, some great Portuguese wines and some pretty incredible prices to match.

There's the rub, for a slice of a vegetarian pastry thing (which /was/ a pretty decent size) £5.90 small olive and tomato salad, £5.00 and a glass of red wine £5.00 total over £15.00 - for supposed cafe food.

You won't get away with spending less than £10 here and with wine? well...

It is overpriced only because living in a huge Portuguese community (Stockwell) you can get better food for less so much better value.

Portuguese food is not overly complicated and the ingredients are not wildly lavish and expensive so I can not get why anyone would want to pay the prices on offer.

Food is decent (if a little salty), surroundings are compact and bijou (noisy and squashed in the evening) but you can get much more for your money if you look around.

By Mark O.

Going to visit london and reading this review i thought i would hunt this place out .I wish I had not bothered the cherizo tart mentioned was a pile of stoge with no taste whatesoever chicken lasagna bland and all overpriced including the beer.My rating 0 stars

By Sophie D.

Canela London Restaurant Review - Restaurant Review of Canela London

Three out of Five stars

A gem in Covent Garden’s cafe culture, Canela serves good Portuguese and Brazilian food and drink in simple, relaxed surroundings.

The Venue
With an open front leading from Earlham Street, just off Seven Dials, into a cool, sparse interior, Canela is a low-key, unassuming place. Apart from a giant chandelier hanging from the ceiling, that is. A variety of tempting Portuguese and Brazilian dishes are on display at the counter and there are often more interested customers than tables inside to seat them at. In typical Mediterranean style, there are also a few tables outside on the pavement and it’s a really nice spot to sit in, away from the hectic traffic of Covent Garden but with enough people around to make it interesting.

The Atmosphere
The feeling in the place is pretty laid back. The waiters are friendly and the service is fast, making it a good spot for a relaxed lunch or a bite to eat after work. The fact that it’s a one-off, not part of a chain, is a major appeal and its originality attracts a lot of young people in the know, as well as the inevitable Covent Garden tourist trade.

The Food
A generous chunk of homemade chorizo tart with green salad tasted just like being in Portugal. It could have been a bit warmer, but the flavour of the chorizo – they must have a good source - and the surprisingly big helping made up for that pretty well. A greenish coloured mushroom and leek soup had plenty of juicy mushrooms in it, and came in a great little terracotta pot that had a lid with a chimney. Other tempting dishes on offer were a delicious looking vegetable lasagne and cheese and vegetable pancakes. The café is renowned for its cakes, like the Portuguese custard tart and the banana cinnamon cake.

The Drink
Canela offers a range of Portuguese wines including rose, Caipirinha and Mojito cocktails, hot chocolate, a Portuguese style cappuccino called galão and a good selection of unusual teas including ginger, cinnamon and mint. They also do some good fresh fruit juices.

The Last Word
Two things to bear in mind before visiting Canela – the prices are slightly higher than average for café food and it can be hard to get a table at busy times. Other than that, it’s difficult to find fault with this charming, easy-going café.

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