Cafe Cubano is neither a restaurant; nor Cuban. Head Chef Rakesh Talwar says that he favored the ring of the title; it seemed like a spot the place folks gathered and talked. The meals is a melange of Indian meals and outdated favourites introduced with a twist. As Talwar says, “There’s one thing for everybody.”
We began with the drinks. The Cubano Basic Margharita is a straightforward cocktail and arduous to get flawed, and we weren’t dissatisfied. Alternatively, the Lengthy Island Ice Tea, which has about 5 – 6 totally different elements, is harder to perfect- and Cafe Cubano must work on it. It was served in an fascinating, if barely treacherous trend, in what regarded like saline or blood baggage hanging from steel racks. The drink itself tasted flat and a tad too candy. The Mumbai Spice Mojito had cardamom, pepper and cinnamon and was very refreshing.
Within the “Chotey Bites” part, the Peri Peri Paneer Bites had been glorious. The paneer was delicate and melted in our mouths. For many who like a little bit of a kick, the restaurant’s Tandoori Wasabi Broccoli is value each chunk — the flavour of wasabi is good. The “Chotey Bites” included numerous hen dishes. The Rooster 65 and the Ghati Masala Rooster Tikka had been failsafe crowd-pleasers however nothing distinctive.
Within the “Sliders” part, we tried the Vada Pav Sliders, which include a portion of fries. In a metropolis that has excessive requirements of vada pav, the sliders held up with their buttered sesame seed buns and spicy inexperienced chutney. The fries had been effectively cooked and seasoned completely.
For our predominant course, we selected the Dabba Bhaji, which was served in a steel pail, and the Angaara Rooster. The bhaji was tasty, and the hen gravy was wealthy, spicy, and flavorful. We had it with garlic naan and tandoori roti. The Dal Makhani was the one dish that we tried and didn’t like- it was unusually candy.
When seeking to the deserts, we’d counsel steering away from the tiramisu, whose consistency quite heavy, like custard. However the chocolate mousse, one other traditional, was mild, scrumptious, and would make glorious consolation meals. The icing on the cake, nonetheless, was the Banofee Glass. Sliced banana, crumble and whipped cream made it a easy desert, however its freshness was good after a heavy meal.
The restaurant’s decor was not memorable, nevertheless it was cosy sufficient. A word of warning in regards to the totally different branches. The Cafe Cubano department in Vile Parle has totally different food- although nonetheless no Cuban. It’s a bit extra “conservative” and household friendly- its menu consists of sizzlers however not the sliders. However the Kemps Nook menu is so fashionable that Talwar is considering of replicating the identical for his Vile Parle department.
Cafe Cubano is situated on the bottom ground, Habib Mansion, August Kranti Maidan, Kemps Nook, Mumbai
Meal for two: Rs 2000 (not together with drinks)