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Published January 14th 2013
Cuba vibe on the Gold Coast
Another day, another new restaurant and bar to try - it's a tough life. This time on my list was The Cuban at Oracle Boulevard in Broadbeach, which offers a cuba style bar and lounge dining experience.
Broadbeach is fast becoming a social hub, with many new restaurants and bars having opened recently, and it is certainly my place of choice on the Gold Coast for dining and socialising.
The Cuban has been open just a couple of weeks but has been inundated with customers so far, due to its sultry feel, excellent food and friendly service.
I really love the Oracle Boulevard, It is a great place to socialise and meet friends during the day or evening and has a wonderful buzz and atmosphere.
As you would expect, given the style and name, The Cuban has a sexy and sultry feel to it (the attractive staff may have had something to do with this) - the decor is tastefully done to compliment this, with reds and blacks, leather seating and mood lighting.
I went in for lunch on an unusual rainy day, so it was fairly quiet. The staff were really friendly, and I think it's a sign of a good team, that even when they don't have many covers, the service staff still look busy and are all working hard.
I have only been in during the day but I expect that at night it transforms in to a lively social venue, where the trendy and fabulous meet for cocktails and tapas. I know that I will certainly be going back on the weekend and evening now I know what's on offer.
It has a large outdoor seating area as well as intimate seating inside, so ideal for any kind of weather. Plus most of the outdoor seating is located in a courtyard area so you get an alfresco dining experience, rather than sitting roadside like many of the Gold Coast restaurants.
Certainly worth a visit for lunch, dinner or a few drinks - I really like this place, sometimes you just like somewhere and can't put your finger on why and that's what I felt about here - I will definitely be back soon, it is now on my list of favourite places in Broadbeach.
I can't say I was terribly impressed with the place.. The decor is cool, the staff were friendly enough (but we had to ask for some things twice), and the food was okay: but the real stinger for me was the portion size.
Pan-fried potato & wild mushroom - $8 - there were literally five (!) small pieces of potato in this tiny tapas. Likewise the $5 smoky almonds was a tiny serve.
The vegetarian options need a bit of polish too. Beans and rice are a staple of Cuban cuisine - and they appear on most of the meat dishes - but not on any meat-free dishes (apart from the lunch wrap). I didn't try the unappetising-sounding "Vegetable Parcel", yet the only other meat-free mains are salads!