In the midst of our exams, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a night off and join the Zomato x The Cuban Place meetup, ready for a night of surprises, decadent wines and great Latin American eats!
We were given an amazing tasting menu that included an appetiser, entrée, main and dessert. These were paired with some exquisite wines, which were all from South America as well. The appetiser was a Hiramasa Kingfish Cerviche served Mojito style, and it was so nicely plated, and a beauty to look at. The fish was so fresh and flavoursome, and had been cured nicely, leaving the lightness of the fish intact, and we had some lovely brut bubbly to go along with it!
We started off with some green banana gnocchi, which were light and silky, and a great opener. The wine paired with the entrees was the Trumpeter Torrontes, only produced in Argentina, and it was a beautiful white, soft on the palette and slightly fruity, which made it a great pairing with the gnocchi.
My main was the sustainable fish of the day (barramundi for us), which was beautifully plated and so perfectly cooked, with delicate balance of flavours from the leek and sofrito confit, and a bed of well seasoned potatoes. This was paired with a Santa Rita Reserva Carmenere from Chile, which was a lovely red that had some sweet notes, and was not too overpowering. However, the star of the day for me was the sticky banana pudding, which was warm and fluffy, yet hearty and light with a touch of whipped coconut cream – the perfect end to a 3 course meal on a wintery night!
Around the table, the twice cooked pork neck entrée was well enjoyed, and had a great twist with cassava crackling layered on top, adding some good texture and crunch to the moist pork. The Grasslands premium scotch fillet was hugely popular with the boys as well, as it was seasoned and cooked to perfection, with a great side of rosemary and garlic baked potatoes. Finally, the chocolatey mocha dome dessert was a delight, paired with a beautiful salted caramel ice-cream. Everyone polished off their plates!
Conveniently located 5 minutes from Town Hall Station, The Cuban Place was super easy to find. It has a great interior, with graffiti-ed walls brimming with character from past diners’ signatures and messages, and a snazzy underground bar area as well. The staff are all dressed in bright red, so It’s easy to spot them, and it adds an awesome cultural spark to your dining experience.
We experienced wonderful hospitality and they were so accommodating, and such a friendly addition to the experience. The chef personally introduced each of the dishes, and the wines were all expertly described to us. There is plenty of seating, but it would be wise to book on their entertainment nights, where they have a live band and amazing atmosphere. They even have a great happy hour special with $7 mojitos – what’s not to love!
If you’re a lover of Cuban and South American cuisine, look no further than The Cuban Place We always love spending time with new friends and sharing good food, and the Zomato x Cuban Place tour gave us a chance to do both of those things! Be sure to check out the new appetiser, the XYZ, and you can’t go past the awesome desserts as well!
Note: Khana dined as a guest of Zomato and The Cuban Place.