{May 22, 2013}
Garlic bread

Free Garlic bread

Kimchi: The garlic bread was very good. The bread was soft and the garlic butter spread on it was tasty. However, when Martini asked if we could have another basket of bread after we finished ours, the waiter said “of course” but never ended up giving us one. We didn’t bother asking again since we were well into our meal already.

Martini: I’ve always wondered if restaurants were okay with giving out refills for complimentary bread. We decided to try out this experiment at this place. Like Kimchi said, they said yes but who knows whether they were lying or simply forgot. Not a big deal but the garlic bread was soft and good.

Empanadas

Empanadas

Kimchi: The empanadas were up to regular standards. I always look forward to a crispy shell on an empanada and these were crispy. Beef inside was good, although I didn’t like the random bits of cartilage(?) that I bit into a few times. The sauce it came with is mojo sauce, very citirusy, vinegary, and sour. I was not into it.

Martini: Bella Cuba’s empanadas were very crispy and refreshing. They are saucy on the inside and have that distinct Cuban flavor. I would get these again but they need to give you a choice on the sauce or something because the sour sauce just didn’t cut it.

Fried Yucca

Fried Yucca

Kimchi: The Yuca Fritas were interesting. I’ve never had them fried before. The outside was nicely crispy and the inside was piping hot & soft. Great change from the usual french fries but it came with the same sauce, again, and I wish there was a different type of sauce to enjoy these with. Even ketchup would have been better (I know, I know). Oh also, yucca is kinda stringy so if you’ve never had it before, be prepared for a few stringy pieces in there.

Martini: Without the sauce, the fried yuccas are very plain tasting. They are crispy on the outside and crispy on the inside but there’s not really much taste to them. A sweet and sour sauce would definitely go with these.

Garlic roasted chicken

Garlic roasted chicken

Kimchi: I honestly didn’t like the garlic chicken at all. Why would you call something garlic chicken and not have it taste of garlic? My guess is all of the garlic lies in the sauce at the bottom of the plate, but to me it didn’t taste like garlic at all…it tasted more like cirtus and vinegar only. Perhaps if the chicken was at least very moist, I wouldn’t mind what kind of seasoning or sauce it came with, but it wasn’t that tender either.

Martini: I like the chicken more than Kimchi did but it wasn’t amazing or anything. For a garlic flavored chicken, I tasted mostly vinegar which is mind boggling because other restaurants can balance the citrus and garlic perfectly (like Chicken Maison). Maybe our plate was just overpowered with sauce or this is how it’s supposed to be. Even though I liked it, I was bit disappointed and hope it would have been better.

Beans and rice

Beans and rice

Kimchi: The funny thing is, I ended up eating mostly rice with the beans. When I did eat the chicken, I preferred it drenched in the beans. I’ve never had mojo sauce before so I can’t tell if I just don’t like mojo sauce at all or perhaps I am not a fan of Bella Cuba’s sauce in particular. The chicken entree might have been the wrong one for me to try. Martini enjoyed it, but it made me not so excited to go back to Bella Cuba. I would be willing to try something else though. :)

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