Kuba Kuba 
Fireworks, streamers, balloons, cuisine themed clowns for every cooking style we partook in? How does one celebrate a restaurant review blog goal that was a year in the making? We settled on something less ostentatious. Lunch at Kuba Kuba. A toast of the town eatery located in the heart of the Fan. Neither of us had been for lunch before, it’s a bit of a haul. This was an occasion though and the urbanspoon-iverse and beyond love this little Cuban joint on Park and Lombardy.
The nature of hype requires that one at least demonstrate some level of quality prior to attaining deserved or undeserved said hype. Public Enemy suggest that you may not want to believe the hype. Probably prudent advice when it comes to restaurants. We both were expecting to be wowed by our trip to Kuba Kuba. It was the reason we picked it for our 52nd outing. A sure bet to ringing in the blog review year.
Lunch started well enough. Our special guest, Allison, encouraged lunch topics outside our standard geek fare. Ethan ordered a pre-lunch Cafe con Leche and was floored by how good it was and the appeal of converted row house dinning will never wear thin on me. So much more character then anything west of Staples Mill. Great start. Then we ordered lunch.
A Kubanaso for Ethan, Portobello Press for Allison and a Chicken-Pineapple Sandwich for me. Allison was pleased with her choice and we all enjoyed the side of fried plantains. Ethan and I were a bit confused by our meals though. The meat that arrived in both was bland. The Kubanaso was salvaged by the addition of chorizo, but there was no spiced sausage to rescue my dish. The Chicken-Pineapple Sandwich was delivered on a white sub roll. The chicken was dry, the pineapple was under-grilled and aforementioned sub roll fell apart.
How could this place rise to such lofty heights on the shoulders of a white sub rolls and poorly seasoned carne? Maybe we choose poorly, maybe it was an off day, new cook, something. The saving grace though, tres leches cake. It was moist, sweet, but not too sweet and lived up to the hype. We went for the whole package, but were only impressed by the pre-lunch coffee and post lunch cake. I’d recommend them on that alone, but only if they were an after dinner snack.
Lunch topics: Child rearing, spanking, restaurant week, 4X, Star Trek, Fall TV, 104 Lunches?