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Laurels Cuban, SF

Celery | Aug 4, 2003 02:50 PM

Had an early dinner at Laurels Cuban restaurant (oak and gough) on Saturday. I can't find my takeout menu so don't have the exact dish names, but what we had was all really good - I'd definately go back for the food. Don't know much about Cuban food, so can't comment on authenticity.

The tostonos (? - the fried mashed plaintains) were tasty and not greasy at all and served with this interesting thin garlic sauce.

Cream of tomato soup (I'd thought the server said Green tomato soup - that's interesting I thought!) was served with a few croutons and a grated hard cheese garnish for tomatoey-melty goodness.

Ropa vieja was very tender and full of flavor, I wasn't as enamored of the rice on the side (but never really expect much of restaurant rice) and was a portion large enough for 2 meals for me. This also came with the sweet sauteed plantains.

Lee had a pork, eggplant, sausage, chickpea dish in a tomatoey sauce with rice that he polished off in 5 minutes since he had to get back to work and for some reason the kitchen took forever getting the food out. It was also enjoyed, although I thought the pork was a bit too dry.

Granted we didn't mention we were in a bit of a hurry, and I don't know if that's a normal thing with them (we were there at 5 pm on a Saturday and the 2nd party seated, so it wasn't that they were busy) - but might be worth being prepared to wait (ie don't go in starving like we did!)

It's a lovely small space, with friendly service. Have been hearing good things about their Cuban sandwiches (lunch only) too.

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