El Cubano

First foodie adventure with ‘Martha Stewart’ for 2014 and we went el loco for Cuban food!

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A sexy painting hanging on the wall

Upon recommendation from a friend of ‘Martha Stewart’ we walked through the shady streets of King’s Cross to El Cubano, which opened in late January 2014 and is owned by the chef who use to work at La Bodeguita del Medio on York St. Unbeknownst to us, ‘Martha Stewart’ actually spoke with him in Spanish for a little while when we arrived.

El Cubano has a bar downstairs which plays infectious Latino music and according to the signs, plays live music on Friday nights.  Upstairs is a casual dining area, with bright aqua coloured walls and gold chairs.

Best mojito ever!
At the bar, don’t miss out on the best mojito ever!

We were the first patrons on this Thursday night, which gave the waitress time to introduce this new restaurant to us. It can be described as a family restaurant, as many of the chef’s family work alongside him in the restaurant. She was also very helpful in helping us order – and we took all the advice she gave!

Costillitas - Pork ribs with chilli lime mayonnaise This ribs in this entrée were a pretty decent size and is definitely a dish to sharing.
Costillitas – Pork ribs with chilli lime mayonnaise
The ribs in this entrée were a pretty decent size and it’s definitely a dish to share. The ribs had a tangy flavour which was complimented the rich, creamy mayo. The pink pickled onions had a interesting, candy-like fragrance.
Tamales - Steamed corn dumplings wrapped in corn leaf
Tamales – Steamed corn dumplings wrapped in corn leaf
These were not at all how I imagined they would be, perhaps they are authentic Cuban style? They had a creamy yet dense texture and mild flavour.
Arroz Imperial (Cuban Imperial Rice for two) - layers of rice, chicken, beef, Balmain bugs and prawns, finished with a thin layer of homemade mayo, jamon serrano, and melted cheese
Arroz Imperial (Cuban Imperial Rice for two)
This was recommended to us because it has a bit of everything – layers of rice, chicken, beef, Balmain bugs and prawns, finished with a thin layer of homemade mayo, jamon serrano, and melted cheese.
Despite its modest looking size, this dish packs a punch! There is so much meat, that between ‘Martha Stewart’ and I, we barely finished half of this dish. And that should NOT be taken as a comment on how delicious and flavoursome it was. Luckily, I had a lunchbox so I packed the rest away ^_^
Fritas de yucca / fried cassava chips
Fritas de yucca / fried cassava chips
A very dense potato chip
Queso crema y guayaba - combination of cream cheese and cascos of guava with guava ice cream
Queso crema y guayaba – combination of cream cheese and cascos of guava with
guava ice cream
Cigar display!
Cigar display!
If after dinner, you should crave for a smoke… Although for ‘Martha Stewart’ and I, we went for a after dinner walk back into the CBD to walk off all the food we ate.

Taste what is authentic Cuban food, then dance salsa to Latino music while drunk on mojito at…

http://www.elcubano.com.au/

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