We visited The Cuban on a Sunday evening for dinner, and the very pleasant Amy suggested what she thought would be best for a couple of carnivores: the tasting platter. :-) We went with her suggestion along with the trio of sliders. I was totally unprepared for the flavour explosion! My favourites were the Crispy Chimichurri Fish slider with spiced slaw and mayo (terrific!!!), the spicy sweet Jerk Chicken with sour cream and pomegranate molasses (It had KICK!), the Arroz Imperial ( Achiote Chicken with cheese and mayo on rice), the Albondigas (meatballs) with Avocado Smash, the Pulled Goat Tostada with slaw, black bean and queso fresco...okay, pretty much everything!!!
You know how you can go to some restaurants and order different dishes but because of the seasoning and preparation, the food all tastes the same? Well, it was definitely NOT the case at The Cuban.
I confess that the Pork Crackling was a real jaw-exerciser, but apart from that, the food was great! We washed it all down with a spicy ginger beer and finished with Tres Leches cake ( a very bland syrupy cake with banana and cloves.)
Amy, who served us, was perfectly attentive, friendly and helpful. We were so pleasantly surprised by this introduction to Cuban food that we are definitely going back for more. The food is a tad on the spicy side, but it was delicious, and we devoured every crumb!
The Cuban's interiors were fantastic, too, with lots to engage the eye wile you're waiting to be served. Rifles on the wall, photos of Fidel Castro, religious statues, guitars, etc. made the interiors quirky and fun. Great for a group do, I reckon. The music was jaunty and feel-good: UB 40, Bob Marley, etc.
When you're seated, remember to look up and you'l be reminded of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ingenious! :-)
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