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“Wonderfully Unexpectedly Scrumptious!!!”
Review of The Cuban

The Cuban
Ranked #167 of 1,138 Restaurants in Christchurch
Description: The Cuban offers our guests the unique opportunity to sample classic Cuban street food in a fun, casual dining atmosphere. Select dishes from our Tapas menu, which are ideal for sharing, or chose something just for yourself!
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Description: The Cuban offers our guests the unique opportunity to sample classic Cuban street food in a fun, casual dining atmosphere. Select dishes from our Tapas menu, which are ideal for sharing, or chose something just for yourself!
Reviewed 31 October 2016

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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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We went for a function, the bar was warm and the bar staff seemed good. The problem was with the food. Our group (I guess we had about 50 people) were paying $25 per person. For this we got a chicken wing, a meatball, a small pastry and some popcorn. After complaints the staff brought out a few churros. The food was nice but there was nowhere near enough.
Myself and my husband reluctantly paid the $50 for two of us, we were there for a very special occasion and didn't want to ruin the night by making a fuss. Everyone else in our group that we spoke to felt the same. Won't be back.

Thank kirstenfaye
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

We were a group of 6 looking for a place to eat and to watch the rugby. Someone at a bar suggested we try The Cuban. Great recommendation! We ordered a selection of food and shared everything. It was really yummy. The service was great and the prices were really good. Nice space and decor. Would definitely go back.

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Thank planetpj
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

My partner and I went there with a grabone voucher. 30 dollars for a really full dinner. We ordered a platter, onion ring and sandwich. Foods are big size and yum except some items on the platter are too salted. We didn't buy drinks because I can't drink alcohol. I like the live music and the Havana's decoration. Will go there again.

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Thank hlin112
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

Went with some close friends. Really good service. Food was enjoyable - tried a few new things!
Pricing: We order a mixed platter - value-wise would have been better ordering individual plates. There were four of us and on the mixed platter there were only three of each selection. We thought the drinks were somewhat overpriced - this pushed our bill much higher than we expected.
Overall a fun time.

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Thank jemjkmill
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