Olivia Warsop gets good vibes - and delicious food at Cubana
There’s nothing like that first evening post-Christmas when you realise it’s not quite as dark outside as it was yesterday, and you finally feel ready to ditch your cosy pyjamas and actually go somewhere special. If this is the vibe you’re feeling too then do what we did and go to Cubana! An endless variety of dishes, an in-exhaustive selection of drinks, and an unbeatable party atmosphere – it’s the perfect early spring night out!
After being seated we grabbed the drinks menu and made sure we were cocktail-in-hand while pouring over the tapas selection. In additional to over 40 cocktails Cubana also offers a wide range of wines starting from around £4.90 a glass, as well as a great selection of bottled and draught beers and ciders. That’s not forgetting the tequila, rum and after dinner drinks available too.
With the food menu, they provide a useful guide to help you navigate how many dishes to order per person, depending on your appetite. The menu is very inclusive with many vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. If you’re fancying an early dinner Cubana runs a‘Happy Tapas’ offer Sunday-Friday until 6pm where you can get any two tapas dishes for £10.50 or £5 off any of the set menus.
After much deliberation we made our choices and waited in anticipation for our food. For about 30 seconds. The service at Cubana is fast and main dishes are served piping hot so you can graze each dish throughout the meal. A perfect set up for large parties.
Pollo y chorizo arrived first - chicken breast with Spanish chorizo sausage and sliced red peppers, cooked in a creamy tomato and paprika sauce (£6.25) - and was quickly followed by Chorizo y huevo con patatas - crispy potato pieces sautéed with spicy chorizo and topped with a fried egg (£6.50).
Next up was Res y cebolla, thinly sliced pieces of mouth-wateringly tender ribeye steak sautéed with sweet caramelised red onions (£6.95), then Risotto con setas (£6.25), a creamy wild mushroom risotto made with arborio rice, onions and olive oil topped with sharp parmesan cheese. Next, Gambas pil pil, huge pan-fried tiger prawns cooked with garlic and served with sweet roasted peppers and a dash of chilli (£6.95).
A personal favourite was the Jamón y queso de cabra, rich, oven baked goats cheese wrapped in Serrano ham and served on a bed of caramelised red onions (£6.95). A cheese lover’s must-have dish!
We heroically found room for dessert and tucked into beautifully delicate layers of shortcrust pastry filled with lemon patisserie cream and topped with pine nuts, La tarta de la abuela (£5.95). And refreshing white chocolate and strawberry cheesecake (£5.95) with an all butter biscuit base and strawberry compote.
Our evening at Cubana was fabulous from start to finish and always is, whether you’re there for the food, the drink or the party. Spring is right around the corner so do yourself a favour and book a table!
Unit 4 Leopold Street, Sheffield, S1 2JG
Tel: 0114 276 0475
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