801 9th St Nw
Washington, DC 20001
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Cuba Libre

Neighborhoods: Downtown
Cuisine: Cuban, Lunch, Breakfast

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Rating:
14 / 20
Price:
$$$$$
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GastroEclectico

 Phoenix, AZ
 

Above Average Nouveau Cuban Cuisine with Sticker Shock!

Above Average Nouveau Cuban Cuisine with Sticker Shock! If one is a true aficionado of ‘legitimate and traditional’ Cuban food, one must come to grips with the fact that there is almost no ‘real’ Cuban cuisine to be found in the Metropolitan Washington Area, then only can your expectation in coming to ‘Cuba Libre’ be bearable and you’re able to compare frijoles to frijoles and yuca to yuca. Because of the assimilation of the Cuban Diaspora within most metro areas outside Miami, New York and Chicago, the best Cuban victuals are usually relegated to a combination of nouveau cuisine, variations on a Caribbean theme with the temperance and homogenation on the most typical of traditional seasonings for more acceptance by the general diner. With this in mind you can appreciate this eatery’s offerings in a true light, and it is indeed very good! Recently we visited and having Hemingway Martinis and a bottle of wine over dinner, enjoyed their Lechon Asado (roast pork) and Vaca Frita (fried shredded beef) to be excellent renderings, albeit relatively small portions. We completed our dinner with their dessert takes on Flan Tocino del Cielo and Tres Leches de Banana, adequate and not the best we’ve had. Although the overall experience between the décor and ambience was very, very good in a sophisticated way – both the service and the prices were far from equitable to the value of what we received – definitely overpriced. Buyer beware, we recommend the eatery highly, but believe it to be extremely expensive for what you get – so go prepared for ‘sticker shock’!. …Rick el Gástro Ecléctico!

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