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Apr 19, 2011 09:20 AM

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

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  1. The only mention of it I can find online is here. Kinda sketchy, but I have been jonesing for ceviche...

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    1. 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 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

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      1. re: dedgley

        Thanks for the review. Sounds interesting.

      2. 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 do you eat them? and judging by the plates going by, I will be back to try the rest of the menu.

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        1. re: cathdl

          Is the ceviche cooked (heated) or just marinated in citrus?

          1. re: equal_Mark

            My understanding of it is: if heated it's not ceviche.

            1. re: fershore

              That does not keep places like Juanitos from putting cooked dished on the menu as "Ceviche." So the question remains unanswered...

              1. re: equal_Mark

                I called them (732 774-3007). Rob said the ceviche is marinated in citrus and then poached. Sigh.

                They are working on their website and plan to have it up next week.

                1. re: fershore

                  Thanks for the info, don't know why I did not think to call.

                  Well, it's not all that hard. Will just have to stir up a batch on my own...

                  1. re: fershore

                    >the ceviche is marinated in citrus and then poached.


                    1. re: joonjoon

                      Probably in an effort to appeal to their average customer who would normally be turned off by citrus "cooked" fish.

            2. re: cathdl

              If the soup was caldo de pollo, it's traditional to serve pieces of corn cobs in it. You just pick them up and eat the corn off of them, using your spoon to get the cobs out if you'd like. :)

            3. 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....

              1. i have! amazing. love the plaintain chips. empanadas. different hot sauces to try to please any palate.

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                1. re: sutah

                  Care to opine in a bit more detail?