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Published May 19th 2016
Cuban Sandwiches Like in the Movie 'Chef'
After watching the movie 'Chef', two things stuck with me. First- the fact that I recognised the main character 'chef' from his 5 episode stint in season 3 of Friends, where he dated Monica. The second and more important point, was that I needed to add Cubanos to my 'Food Bucket List' - yes, such a thing exists. Like many dishes on my list of 'food to try before I die' (food bucket list), I have set them aside to try on my travels because such delicacies are not always readily available in Adelaide. That being said, every now and again a blue moon moment, happens when someone opens a creative eatery serving something a little more exotic.
So what exactly is a Cubano? It's a Cuban sandwich! And quite coincidently Cubanos rhymes with Hermanos, which means Brothers, so in short if you head into Hermanos Cubanos you will find two brothers serving up Cuban sandwiches!
The two brothers are part of the Vanzati family who have recently opened the highly anticipated eatery 'Molobo', in the former 'Zoots' space on Henley Square. The family run Molobo Restaurant and Bar is really the main event, with its creative sit down menu and ocean views. Just around the corner, in the Former Zoots Fish & Chip Takeaway window, now stands Hermanos Cubanos.
The vibrant hole in the wall is like a portal to another place. Walking in through the open red door to be met with a beautiful tile mosaic, teal walls and wooden accents, the atmosphere is truly unique.
My meat loving eating companion began eyeing of the 'Franks' (Hot Dogs), you can choose between a smoked Vienna sausage (regular hot dog sausage) or a kransky and then bulk it out with a variety of toppings.
There's a selection of Cubano filings you can choose from. On this occasion I ordered the Vego Cubano, which consisted of mushrooms, eggplant, roast capsicum, pickles, mustard and provolone cheese (and perhaps some other bits I couldn't make out). I loved it! The zing from the mustard and the pickles really took the flavours up to the next level - this was not an ordinary veto sandwich.
My eating companion ordered what I'm pretty sure was the Espanola Cubano. I say I'm pretty sure because when I went to clarify, I was told they couldn't remember, but it was something meaty! Either way it was another thumbs up winner.
The friends who recommend Hermanos Cubanos to us have tried all the meat variations and said that they are all fantastic and they couldn't pick a winner, it would come down to what ever tickles your fancy.
Once we ordered we were asked if we would like to wait or if we would like to take a 'buzzer' so that we could wander. The 'buzzer' will 'buzz' when your order is ready, so you know when to come back to pick it up, I felt this was quite a thoughtful touch, as the eatery is by the beach and Henley Square is busy with activity. You are not confined to the store and can go for a walk.
There is a limited amount of seating inside the small space, and they have two outdoor dining spots along side the building. Alternatively you can order and eat your Cubano at parent eatery Molobo, as their kitchens are adjoined; which works out a treat if some in your party prefer a sit down style menu, but you are itching to try a Cubano.
We walked down to the esplanade and sat on a bench to watch the ocean; you could always continue down and sit on the sand if you choose.
There is a public carpark next door, along with lots of parking along Seaview Rd. You could also park on the esplanade and walk back up. The building is right there on Henley Square. The Hermanos Cubanos Window entrance is one the building's side, on Seaview Rd.