It turns out there’s an upside to UNSW replacing all the independent food shops selling bad food with chain restaurants selling restaurant food. It means we can catch up over lunch or coffee at a cozy place selling tasty food without heading out of the campus. The price increase isn’t that significant either because the independent food shops had a monopoly over food on campus, so could charge whatever they wanted.
Anyway, last Monday, I had lunch at Coco Cubano with my thesis supervisor. Coco Cubano is a cafe/bar whose atmosphere and menu are inspired by Cuban culture. All items on its standard menu, including the fancy cocktails but excluding the cigars, are available at the UNSW location.
Coco Cubano uses old cigar boxes as table numbers, which I found very novel.
They serve breakfast all day and night. That’s great ’cause sometimes I just want something simple for lunch.
I had the Cubano Poached Eggs, which consisted of ‘free range poached eggs with aioli, baby spinach, grilled tomato and sourdough toast’. The eggs were deliciously runny and the tomato was grilled only just enough so that it wasn’t squishy. I distinctly recall tasting something like cheese in my last bite with the aioli and that was strange, but the aioli was pretty standard otherwise. I particularly liked that the sourdough toast retained its crispy outside-fluffy inside texture even though it had soaked up a lot of the egg yolk and the aioli.
I also had the Mango and Lychee Iced Tea out of curiosity because D had introduced me to existence of fancy Monin syrups just a few days before, and Coco Cubano had an impressive collection of them sitting behind the counter. Unfortunately, the iced tea was a bit too sweet, and the flavour of mango overwhelmed any hint of lychee. That’s consistent with reviews that Monin’s lychee syrup is not that flavourful, I guess.
Coco Cubano is located at Gate 2, University Terraces, High St, UNSW Campus, Kensington NSW 2033.