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The Cuban, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 

Niki Ververelli & Christina Karamatsoukas are visiting American students from Drexel University, Philadelphia. While in London they have been taking a course in culinary arts and wine appreciation. Here's what they thought of The Cuban in Chalk Farm.

Walking into this restaurant is quite an experience. It is a massive location, with high ceilings, fun paintings, great music, and an all over relaxed atmosphere.  A good friend of mine joined me for this meal and we were unsure of what to expect, but we knew from the look of things that it would be interesting!

We sat down and took a quick look at the drinks menu. I was very impressed by the originality of the drinks that were offered and could see myself going back to The Cuban for drinks only. I ordered a Margarita while my dining companion ordered a Bellini, which was a blend of peaches and champagne. After sampling both, we knew we had found quite a treasure here.

To start, we ordered a plate of the nachos. They came out quickly, and still warm. We each tasted a zesty mix of flavors including spicy salsa, creamy guacamole, sour cream, and melted cheese. A perfect complement to our drinks and conversation!

The service was fantastic throughout the entire meal; our waiter was very attentive and understanding.  Our mains came out next and we were very excited to try them. I ordered the Cuban chicken salad, which was strips of chicken which had been grilled with spiced Cuban Rum, on top of a bed of mixed salad leaves, plum tomatoes & finished off with garlic dough balls & Caesar dressing. I asked them to hold off on the goat’s cheese, and even so, the blend was perfect. I found that the Caesar dressing complemented the Cuban spices very well, and as they mixed together, the dressing tasted better and better as I finished my course.

My friend ordered the chargrilled chicken with garlic-mashed potatoes. We both also shared a plate of the shrimp with honey, lime, and rum glaze. They were phenomenal. The glaze was thick and tasty enough to make you want to lick your fingers after peeling the shrimp.

We also each ordered another drink. I ordered a traditional Mojito, while my dining companion decided to try the Red Tower, which is made up with strawberries, vodka, and cranberry juice. Both very good, but the Mojito was much more my choice of flavor and it was perfectly blended - I can see why it is a house specialty. 

I will go back to the Cuban in a heartbeat, it was a great restaurant, with quick service and a spicy atmosphere with the drinks, the food, the salsa music; a great time indeed!

Drinks £2 – £12; Appetizers £4 – £9; Mains £10 – £28; Desserts £5 – £10 

Niki Ververelli, May 2006

 

 

 

The Cuban, Chalk Farm Road, 
Camden NW1 8AH

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