The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Great cocktails, good vibe, excellent chicken and orgasmic cheesecake! (Review based on dinner.)
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
I was impressed to see Casa Cubana, this newly-opened restaurant, so put together. We dined on a Saturday around 6pm with no crowd, but by the time we left, the restaurant was very busy (almost all tables were full). Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. She wasn’t overly enthusiastic about the dishes; she offered her opinion, but I think with a new restaurant/menu, more guidance and excitement would’ve really set the service apart.
The location, itself, is great; there is street parking and a lot across the street (not a part of the restaurant). There is plenty of seats inside, however, if you have the choice I would definitely recommend the front room (by the bar) or the small seating upstairs. We were seated in the middle room and I think it has the least appeal. The tables and chairs are different – they kind of reminded me of a cafeteria. Besides the art, there isn’t much in the way of decor. I know they are new and I did hear that they plan on jazzing up that room, but for now I love the vibe of the front room.
Mon – Sat 11:30am – 2pm, 4pm – 10pm
Closed on Sunday
What I ate:
- Pina Colada ($11)
- Havana Sidecar ($10)
- Habana Cocktail ($12)
- Croquettas traditional ($8)
- Tierra Frita ($9)
- Camarones y ajilo ($22)
- Castillos de guayaba ($17)
- Pollo Frito ($18)
- Banana bread pudding ($8)
- Guava cheesecake ($8)
The Pina Colada was delicious! It tasted fresh and was the perfect ratio of sweetness to alcohol. I could’ve sipped on that all night.
The Havana Side Car was good, but definitely strong. It had a great flavor and was very smooth. I would definitely go back for drinks!
The croquettas were a great start. They are filling and very tasty, warm and gooey on the inside with a crispy outside. The sauce made the dish, it’s a great comfort food.
While I liked the ceviche (Habana cocktail), it wasn’t my favorite. I will admit this is all based on preference, I like my ceviche very lemony and this wasn’t. I did, however, love that the ingredients were super fresh – you could taste the quality of the seafood. I didn’t care for the chips, they had a stale-like crunch. I know that wasn’t the case because they are made fresh but that’s the only way to describe the texture.
I really liked this dish; it’s not something I would’ve ordered and it didn’t really jump out at me from the menu, but our waitress brought it out for us to try and I enjoyed it. This is a vegan dish which is why the breaded coating doesn’t stick super well, but the flavor is great. I particularly liked the hearts of palm.
The chicken was definitely my favorite dish – it was lemony, garlicky and absolutely delicious. I think this is probably one of the best chickens I’ve had! I will say I wasn’t sold on the rice, though. The rice in this dish is different than the rice the other dish we tried. The chopped olives on top were an interesting touch, but it was a bit salty and too dry. Next time I’ll ask them to serve this with the rice and beans from the shrimp dish.
The camarones (shrimp) plate was very good. It has a slight kick, but also a sweet and cococut-y flavor. The rice and beans on this were delicious! This plate is great and will definitely fill you up.
The ribs have a great sauce, the meat is tender and has a lot of flavor. We ordered the half size, but I did think it was a bit small for the price. The dish comes with 5 small ribs and while it was a great size for how much we ordered, it wouldn’t fill someone up.
I will just put this out there: the guava cheesecake is a MUST! The waitress said it’s often overlooked. This may be because guava isn’t a well-known fruit in the U.S., but I really
recommend demand you give it a shot (without sounded pushy) 🙂
With that said, I did the mistake of trying the guava cheesecake first, so the banana bread pudding paled in comparison. I did, however, take the bread pudding leftovers home and it was great the next morning. It has a strong banana taste (generous amount of bananas on top), so you need to like bananas, but it is a great dessert. The caramel adds the perfect sweetness and the vanilla ice cream is a great touch.
THIS.GUAVA.CHEESECAKE. Wow. The definition of orgasmic – my eyes lit up and all I could think of was how I was going to distract Dennis so I could eat the rest. This cheesecake is truly divine! The guava is fresh and added into the cheese mixture as well as a guava topping. It’s plated with dragon fruit juice, which enhances the flavor. This dessert is on the sweeter side, but trust me you shouldn’t go without it.