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Alma De Cuba Review


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Alma De Cuba Review

actingout | | Jan 6, 2007 06:12 AM

Just got back from dinner at Alma De Cuba tonight.(1623 Walnut St) I was a little wary of the quality of the meal I was going to have since I had been reading rather mediocre reviews for it lately. However, there were two definite standout dishes that were not only very tasty, but appropriately priced and unique in flavor. I started with the Royal Palm Dates which consisted of almond stuffed dates wrapped in bacon. This appetizer was absolutely delicious. There were five of them served with cabrales and coconut dressing. A must-try. Next, I ordered the "Lechon Asado" which was a very "unlean" pork shank that was incredibly tender and flavorful. It was similar to the dishes served at the new "Fatty Crab" restaurant in New York City. If you're not a fan of fatty meat then stay clear of this dish. It was served with fried plantains and a small portion of rice and beans. The portion of pork was very large and well priced for $21. My friend got the Oysters Rodriguez appetizer which were fried oysters served atop spinach. The oysters were served lukewarm and had a soggy texture to them. He also had the seabass entree which was cooked perfectly but lacked a distinctive flavor. I think the avocado "sauce" could have used some more spice. We both had the classic mojitos which were good, but I've had better at the chain restaurant "Bahama Breeze."

Overall, the bill was $115 including two mojitos each and no dessert.