Cubacan - Asbury Park
Has anyone tried Cubacan recently? This is the restaurant that replaced the Boards next to Stella Marina on the boardwalk in Asbury Park. From what I understand, the restaurant had a soft opening a few weeks ago. Pictures on Facebook look pretty good.
Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant
1200 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
I went there last night with a friend, we ate at the bar. I have to tell you that the pineapple jalapeno margarita was fantastic! But there are definitely some opening pains going on. Didn't seem like the bartenders knew what they were doing...My friends Mojito had to be remade because it was made with just straight lime juice...she was puckered up. ;-) Then they took forever to make her a new one, actually waited on others before getting back to hers...at least 10 minutes. We had Tapas , traditional Cubano and empanadas (very good). And then we topped it off with the sweet corn ice cream! delish! So all in all when they get through the growing pains in the front of the house, the food will carry them! I will definitely go back
Ate their for lunch yesterday. Loved it. I would recommend the cerviche sampler...the tuna/shrimp is spicy hot...but good. and the salmon was out of this world...i thought about licking the bowl clean. the potato salad, while it sounded yummy, was a disappointment. the whole corn cob chunks in the soup were off-putting...how do you eat them? and judging by the plates going by, I will be back to try the rest of the menu.
I was there this past Saturday night --4 of us. Overall we were underwhelmed. Food was mediocre-service was good but slow--our drinks came after our apps arrived. I had ropa vieja that was unfortunately tough and had no flavor. The presentation was nice--but if the food is bland so it kind of ruins it. Friends had the shrimp with garlic which you couldn't taste the garlic and the snapper which had little to no flavor--sans the sauce on the side that was coconut based but not barely tasted like coconut. We opted out of dessert since the front door (both-the interior and exterior) were kept open which was letting in a cold breeze and tons of smoke from people smoking directly outside. We complained but nothing was done to close the doors. We might give them a second try later this summer to see if they have improved but I am not in a rush to go back....