Coco Cubano, Crows Nest

When I was choosing a restaurant for dinner on Saturday night, my boyfriend’s only requests were that we eat early and quickly, so that we were back home in time to watch the footy on TV. After unsuccessfully trying to book a couple of restaurants at 5:30pm on the Saturday (yep, I’m very much a last minute organiser!), we resorted to our old standby of wandering around Crows Nest and picking a restaurant that looked good. Which was how we ended up at Coco Cubano, which also happened to be the first restaurant we even looked at after parking down the street.

Coco Cubano

Coco Cubano

In the interests of ‘fast food’, we ordered from the tapas menu and as we were there before 6:30pm, we were served incredibly quickly. So quickly, in fact, that the tiny round table we were sitting at could barely fit all of the tapas on it at the same time; when the waiter arrived with our last tapas – mini chicken sliders – he suggested we just transfer the sliders from the serving plate to our own plates because there was no way he could fit it on the table. I didn’t take a photo of the sliders, but they were really tasty, with tender chicken pieces, melted cheese and a lovely aioli encased in a soft and fluffy brioche bun.

I have mentioned in previous posts that my boyfriend just about always orders salt and pepper calamari if it’s on the menu. While they can be dull and chewy affairs, he’s been having a good run lately, because following on from his delight at the calamari at Barramundi Bar and Grill, he was extremely impressed with the offering from Coco Cubano. I had to agree; the calamari was tender and its chilli salt-flavoured batter coating was delicious.

Calamari with chilli salt and aioli sauce

Calamari with chilli salt and aioli sauce

Again, if you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that garlic prawns are a must-order for me and while I would have preferred more garlic in this dish (this is a personal preference – my boyfriend was happy with the flavour), I still really enjoyed the juicy and perfectly cooked prawns.

Garlic Prawns - marinated juicy prawns seared with mild paprika, garlic and olive oil

Garlic Prawns – marinated juicy prawns seared with mild paprika, garlic and olive oil

The pumpkin was rather bland, lifted only when combined with the bocconcini, and the slice of bread was superfluous.

Stewed Pumpkin - cooked butternut pumpkin, onion and chilli with bocconcini

Stewed Pumpkin – cooked butternut pumpkin, onion and chilli with bocconcini

The Cajun fries were great, crisp and well-seasoned with chilli salt.

Cajun fries seasoned with chilli salt

Cajun fries seasoned with chilli salt

My boyfriend was concerned at my decision to order dessert, as it was getting close to game time and the restaurant was starting to fill up, but he relented and even ordered one for himself. Unfortunately, his fears were realised when dessert took much longer to arrive than our tapas (although I wouldn’t call it a very long wait by any stretch), leading him to incessantly refresh his phone for the latest scores. The churros came artfully presented in a Jenga formation with a scoop of vanilla ice cream plopped on top. I liked the crunch of the cinnamon-dusted churros, but did find that it had a somewhat oily aftertaste (my boyfriend didn’t find them oily though, so it could just have been me), and were much better when combined with the ice cream and melted chocolate drizzled over the plate.

Churros Split -  couverture milk chocolate, 4 churros, vanilla ice cream and strawberries

Churros Split – couverture milk chocolate, 4 churros, vanilla ice cream and strawberries

TL;DR:

  • Generally pretty tasty food, fast service and friendly waitstaff – enough to persuade us to return to try other tapas and main courses. My boyfriend in particular is keen to go back and try their chicken wings; after the closure of Blue Plate, he’s looking for something to satisfy his buffalo wing cravings! He was desperately hoping that another patron would order them so he could check them out!

Coco Cubano
52 Willoughby Road (Corner Clarke Street)
Crows Nest NSW 2065
T: (02) 9437 6257
W: Coco Cubano

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