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Bad "Cuban" food in Bucks County

David De Silva | Jul 8, 2002 12:04 AM

Wife and I went to Summer Kitchen (no not Studio Kitchen), a new Cuban/Ecclectic restaurant near Wrightstown in Bucks Co. and were very disappointed.

First, we were greeted by a waitress who said "first of all we have no chicken, veal, piccadillo, mussels or empanadas" to which I responded "what DO you have?" Basically, all the Cuban dishes were unavailable (she said they had a busy weekend). After sloshing out my Chablis Premier Cru into our glasses and filling them up too high, she told us about the specials. The appetizers (coconut shrimp and hearts of palm salad) were OK.

For entrees my wife ordered the special of "Pan seared red snapper" and I tried the Paella. The snapper came with a small piece of paper stuck to it that read "Feb 25, 2002", I presume the date the fish was frozen on. It was not pan seared, dark looking, and not very good. After pointing this out to the waitress she appropriately did not charge us and insured us that "this kind of thing don't happen around here". The paella was no better. There was so much sand/grit/shell in the mussels that most were inedible. Also, some of the mussels had not opened during cooking yet were not removed from the dish.

Dessert (croissant bread custard pudding) was very good, but could not salvage the meal. Le Colombe coffee was good but the Cuban Espresso tasted like regular espresso without much hint of sweetness (its supposed to be very sweet). It was a beautiful evening and we sat on the patio. The surroundings are very pretty which makes the poor quality of food and unprofessional service a shame. So much for quality Cuban food in the suburbs (is that an oxymoron?) from supposedly a Cuban chef. Won't be back.

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