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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.
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!