We needed to stop off for food at Westfield recently, and though I almost always vote in favour of Wahaca, I’m also not averse to trying a new burger if there is one available. Enter Cabana, which boasts of serving Rio-style street food – including this halloumi burger.
They have quite a lot of vegetarian options, so it was honestly quite hard to choose. The burger is described on the menu thusly:
Marinated halloumi & portobello mushroom, Rio Beans, matchstick crisps, tomato, lettuce and chimichurri – £9.95
And just because we all obviously love having to backtrack across the menu to figure out what one of the ingredients is, Rio Beans are:
Black beans slow-cooked with cumin, onions and garlic.
So, I ordered it to find out what it would be like, especially with so many things competing for space in the bun. And I was certainly right about that; the burger was massive. So massive that even I had to concede defeat and cut it up with a knife and fork. If I didn’t have braces right now I might have given it more of a go, but sadly, I had to let the side down.
The slaw was kind of just slaw, and not really worth mentioning. The bread of the bun was slightly hard. The green sauce you can see – which I reckon is the chimichurri – was quite subtle with no spice to it at all. The tangy beans also avoided spice, which was pretty delightful considering we’re dealing with Mexican food. Others may, of course, consider it disappointing if they enjoy spice.
There was lots of juicy fresh mushroom in the bun, with no grease, which is just how I like them. They were also generous with their quantities of halloumi, and fresh lettuce abounded. I did have to judiciously remove several tomatoes as well. The crispy bits were a nice textural addition and a nice novelty, though didn’t add much in terms of flavour.
All in all, it was enjoyable – a slightly softer bun and the ability to eat it all in one bite, and we’d be golden.