It’s interesting seeing how two restaurants from the same chain do things differently. The first time I went to Coco Cubano was at the store in UNSW. And there, there was no table service, Cuban cigars were taken off the menu (understandably), old Cuban cigar boxes were used as table numbers, and the food came on huge white plates. This time, we went to the Coco Cubano at Central Park. Here, there was table service, Cuban cigars were on the menu (despite its vicinity to UTS), the table numbers were boring black letters on metal, and the food came on wooden platters.
I had the crispy battered fish and chips. The chips were beautifully crispy on the outside, but deliciously fluffy on the inside (maybe even a bit too fluffy!). As for the fish — the batter to fish ratio was just right, and the batter was crispy and not soggy at all! I’d expected a piece of fish like you do at your suburban fish ‘n’ chip stores, so was surprised to see fish that looked like bigger versions of the fries, but hey, bite size! The aioli dip came in the cutest saucer, too. I’m not too much of a fan of salad when I eat out, and this is no exception, but compared to other places, this was one of the fresher salads. I thoroughly enjoyed this meal!
N had the classic burger. The burger was piled so high that it was impossible to eat with your hands without all the innards falling out the bottom — I guess it makes sense why they give you a knife and a fork? Amusingly, they used a leaf of lettuce the size of your face, even though the burger itself was standard at a bit bigger than the size of your palm. N tells me that the burger was not worth the mess.
And of course the drinks!
On the left is the mango and lime granita. I was a bit surprised to see that it’d separated before it was even brought to our table, and that the top two-thirds was frothy. Since we’d ordered a granita, I was expecting something semi-frozen. Anyway. I’m more a lemon person, so the lime took a bit of getting used to, but after that the combination of mango and lime was quite refreshing.
On the right is the lychee and mango iced tea. Now, I’d tried this before the last time I ate at Coco Cubano at UNSW. I wasn’t too impressed that time ’cause the mango syrup overwhelmed any hint of lychee. This time, however, it tasted nothing like lychee or mango and tasted more like some berry flavoured syrup. It was all wrong! Although I did get two canned lychees in the drink, unlike last, but even they tasted weird. So, the lesson? Do not order the lychee and mango iced tea again! Ever.
Coco Cubano is located at Central Park, Lower Ground Shop RB06, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008.