Favela Chic reviews
by koliveira, 24 Jan 2013
I took ten people there for my birthday last May. The staff kept hassling us, aggressively, to order before all the people were there (2 people were 30 mins late). Then because there were 11 of us instead of the 12 we'd booked for, they wanted to charge us for food for the missing person.
When the food arrived it was really disappointing - for example, plain chicken not in any sauce and with no discernable seasoning. Our jug of cocktails was bland too. And before we'd even finished eating, a bouncer was hassling us - again, aggressively - to put our bags in the cloakroom!
Really quite unpleasant all in all.
by PQS, 08 Mar 2012
Went there for dinner and clubbing this weekend, which was 'Carnival' weekend. Although I have never been to Brazil, the Notting Hill Carnival felt 10 times more Brazilian than this one. The staff are the rudest I have encountered in my life, the food very mediocre, the caipirinhas are the most overpriced and disgusting and the place is way too crowded with a deathtrap as a stage. They charge the same prices as clubs in the West End but don't offer anything in exchange.
To be fair, a friend who used to go there said it really WAS an incredible place before, but that management has probably changed since, as it has nothing to do with what it was.
Needless to say, it was the biggest clubbing disappointment I've had in a very long time.
by oldstreet, 07 Mar 2011
by MustangS (4 reviews), 24 Oct 2010
by similismile, 18 Aug 2010
by h_dronfield, 13 Aug 2010
One of my friends is Brazilian and was very impressed with how traditional and wholesome the food was - the Moqueca (a seafood stew), for example, was delicious. Everyone was happy with what they had ordered.
That factor, combined with sunny staff and a cool eclectic crowd, means I would urge any of you who haven't had the privilege to get a table in this quickly booked up establishment asap. Get on the phone and get yourselves in there for top of the range eating!
by maria.dulang, 30 Jun 2010
by sarabal, 30 Jan 2010
We went last Friday and we never will go again. I went there in a group of 20 people, 15 of us for dinner. Food was mediocre and the staff rude. We were churned out of our table as soon as we'd ordered the food and drinks - some of us couldn't even finish eating - because they wanted the table for the "second seating of the night". We were overcharged on the bill but couldn't question it because there was no time for that. The music was awful too - DJ on trial was the excuse.
by biribidiongly, 22 Nov 2009
by tapper, 17 Sep 2009
by jetskaa, 30 Jun 2009
I took ten people there for my birthday in May. The staff kept hassling us, aggressively, to order before all the people were there (2 people were 30 mins late). Then because there were 11 of us instead of the 12 we'd booked for, they wanted to charge us for food for the missing person. When the food arrived it was really disappointing - for example, plain chicken not in any sauce and with no discernable seasoning. Our jug of cocktails was bland too. And Before we'd even finished eating, a bouncer was hassling us - again, aggressively - to put our bags in the cloakroom! Really quite unpleasant all in all.
by roxane.mcmeeken, 19 Jun 2009
by dejan76, 25 Mar 2009
by stevepangli, 04 Feb 2009
by fablopes78, 22 Jan 2009
by andersson_as, 15 Jan 2009
We ordered Cuba Libre and specifically asked for the Anejo Havana rum. When the bill came, we were charged the highest price for the most expensive rum, which we hadn't asked for. When I asked for an explanation, the waitress was so rude and replied they didn't have the one we ordered (so why is it in the menu and why didn't she ask if it was okay to use the most expensive rum?!) A rip off. No apologies. In the end, we had caipirinhas instead, which really did not resemble the proper variety (having tried the most delicious in South America).
We left very disappointed, thinking we didn't miss much as it was overcrowded and there was not enough space to move in such tiny place.
by monicag, 05 Sep 2008
Rude woman on the door, plastic French two bob bouncer, manager who probably couldn't manage to control his own bladder... all in all, a recipe for disaster. I thought these types of places were consigned to the dustbin. Please folks, avoid this joint. Why did so many queue up expecting a good night out??
by lm46, 03 Aug 2008
by natalientim11, 16 Jul 2008
We had booked a table for 12 for a birthday, spent plenty of money and expected to be made to feel welcome. The food arrived a dish at a time over a period of 30 minutes. 2 of us had our plates taken away before we had finished eating and the very pretentious staff made a point of being as unhelpful as possible, rolling their eyes and tutting at every request we made.
A couple of hours after we'd arrived (and after we'd finished our cold meals) some extra friends arrived. The door staff refused them entry, as our group already consisted of 12 people, although they didnt want to eat, just join the group and have a drink. We were told our group must operate a '1 in, 1 out' policy - so some friends must leave before others could join. When we queried this we were told we should leave if we didn't agree with their policy. The place was only half full at the time, the 'dancefloor' area had huge amounts of space. Apparently we had wronged the staff by inviting a couple of extra friends to join us. When we argued our case we were again told to leave, and the door staff also waded in to strutt about like little Hitlers fresh from boarding school. It was surreal.
Needless to say, we left asap, and met our friends outside to decide what to do next. While standing on the pavement fully 10m away from the bar we were then 'moved on' very aggressively by 2 members of the door staff. Apparently we were blocking the front of the building.
The whole experience would've been hilarious if it wasn't so utterly ridiculous. And expensive. There are HUNDREDS of better bars than this in London. It bears NO relation to Brazil or a Brazilian experience. They care only about the money, and they are happy to let you know that. And £28 for a jug of alcohol-free ice which they call a 'capirinha'??? Sums up the place perfectly. Avoid at all costs.
by jl2008, 02 Apr 2008
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