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Havana Cafe-Chander AZ

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Havana Cafe-Chander AZ

tattud_gurl | Jun 1, 2006 01:23 PM

I have been wanting to eat here for a long time now. Especially since one of my fave restaurants in LA is a Cuban place called Versailles.
Let me tell you....this is no Versaiiles....not even close.

Hubby and best friend and I went on Saturday afternoon.
Had no problem finding the place...right next to a Sonic on Chandler Blvd and 42nd St.

We walked in and there were 2 other tables seated and other than that, the place was empty. Hostess sat us at a table next to a window. I liked the flowery tablecloths covered with glass.

Turns out, our server is the ONLY one here today. He's the bartender, also.

We start off with a soda's and iced tea.
We were brought a basket with a small loaf of crusty bread and butter. The bread was ok. It was hot, but not as great as my best friend made it sound when she was telling me about it on the way there. I was bummed because if there's one thing I like...it's good bread.

We all ordered appetizers. BF had Bacalaitos Fritos which is salt cod fritters, served with a spicy aioli sauce $4.95. HB had Mejillones con Salsa Verde which is green lip mussels poached in a green sauce with peas $7.50.
I had the gazpacho because it was only 900 degrees out that day $4.50.

The salt cod fritters came out first and they were interesting. This is a huge step for my best friend, because she NEVER eats anything but Carls Jr and Taco Bell....so I was in awe that she even ordered it.
They were basically, deep fried fish balls. They were a little fishy tasting, but not bad.

The mussels were just ok, also. The sauce was kind of plain..no real taste or spice.

However, the gazpacho was great. It was the best part of my meal. it came with a small side dish of diced red bell pepper, onion and cucumber. I immediately dumped it all in. It was really tasty and had a slight kick to it. When I make it at home...I like to put a small dollop of sour cream in it, to make it rich and creamy.

Halfway thru my soup, I remember that I'm at a Cuban place and I look at my hubby and ask him, "why am I not having a mojito?" He didn't know why, so I ordered one right away.

As my bartneder/server was making my mojito, we discussed what to have. I was torn between a nice salad or the cuban sandwich. The sandwich won, because I had been thinking about it all day.

HB ordered the Masas de Puerco Fritas which is fresh pork marinated with lime and cumin and fried. Its served with rice and black beans $10.95. This dish was also just ok. The pork was a little on the dry side.

BF had the chicken sandwich $6.95. I guess I can't really expect her to go too overboard. Afterall, she did order the fish app.
The sandwich was really good. It was poached chicken breast on fresh, hot bread, topped with avocado and tomato and finished with a schmear of cilantro mayonnaise and served with fries and a cuban cabbage salad. I shouled have gotten that.

I had my cuban sandwich $7.50 and I was utterly disappointed. It's a sandwich of roast pork, swiss cheese, mortadella, cured ham and pickle, topped with mojo and then pressed.
It was bland and had no taste. I was so bummed because I had been thinking about it all day. The fries and cabbage salad were good, but that's it.

OH! My Mojito was yummy! It was sweet and tangy and minty. it was perfect.

So would I go here again? Perhaps. There are some very interesting things on the menu that I really want to try, so, yeah, I would go again sometime.

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