Just got home from a wonderful dinner at the recently opened Oya's Cuban Cafe. What an absolute treat and a welcome addition to Malden Center. Definitely on par with perennial Malden favorites and near neighbors, Exchange Street Bistro and All Seasons Table. At a similar price point, too.
We started with the scallops and fried pork belly appetizer. What a revelation! Perfectly cooked scallops over. The pork belly is crisp on the outside but meltingly unctuous on the inside rife with deep porky fat and flavor. All the richness cut by a (not too) sweet and smoky BBQ sauce.
Hubby had the Rancho Guajiro, slow roasted pork, sliced thin and topped with Cuban Mojo, and sautéed onions. It was served with black beans and rice and fried yucca.
My entree was the Bistec Encebellado, which consists of a 12 oz Sirloin strip steak, more Cuban Mojo and onions in a criollo style. A nice sour note to the sauce. The steak was cooked to medium (I asked for med-rare) with a nice char and good flavor. The steak came with a stack of tostones which were among some of the best I've ever tasted and the same black beans and rive that hubby had.
Presentation of food is quite lively.
Service was attentive and friendly. The interior space is really quite charming. Can't wait to go back for lunch!