I am a hungry artist living and working in Sydney. I am completing a philosophy degree and enjoy life.
Published December 4th 2016
With a Rebel Yell She Cried More, More, More
Try the jug of strawberry sangria if you are in the mood to share or the plantain chips. Most people are. The crowd here is mostly made up of hungry students from UNSW not surprising really considering that the store is located within the UNSW grounds and has saved many a boring group work meeting. The locals who use the UNSW gym, also often frequent Coco Cubano for some healthy food or even an after gym temptation snack.
As you can imagine, Coco Cubano can become very busy during the semester, being the perfect place to relax and have a decent coffee between classes. The vibe is relaxed but switched on. There always seems to be some excited discussion of ideas and possibilities going on at one table or another here.
The décor is interesting and gets you in that rebellious mood. Some fun things that will enter your field of vision are framed pictures of Fidel Castro when he was a young man, a rustic door using as a ceiling panel, leather couches right next to old fashioned café chairs, antique candelabras positioned next to the classic old leather bound books and globe. It is an eclectic style that makes you think of old Havana. You can easily feel relaxed in Coco Cubano UNSW. This is no mean feat for those who study there; it might also be the jugs of sangria that are intoxicatingly sweet yet refreshing for only $29.90. The Red Sangria Jug is made with fresh strawberries and lime and the lemonade and wine just combine in a heavenly way. Perfect for hot summer days with friends.
They make a great coffee here, it is rich and bold and strong enough to get you through the day. The food is fantastic although the portion size tends to be disappointingly small. The plantain chips and sweet potato chips are fantastic but will leave you wanting more; they are great snacks for $9.90 but not satisfying enough for a meal. The vegetarian nachos are full of tasty flavours for $14.90, unfortunately, the portion size is just too small. A more substantial choice is the Warm Mushroom and Rice salad, but don't let the word 'Salad' fool you, it is a meal. It is on offer for $15.90. Tasty and satisfying and complemented by a great coffee.
The food orders can take a while to reach the table, but the service is very friendly and competent. You order from the counter and the staff members bring you your food based on the number on your reused Cuban Cigar box. It all adds to the experience. The drinks are the best here, as for the food, you will just want more...more...more!