Nothing says Cuba like a mojito, and The Cuban makes one hell of a mojito. Their weathered cocktail menu instantly transports me to humid Havana nights for which the mojito is the perfect antidote. Havana is in fact, the birthplace of the mojito.
With summer beckoning, outdoor dining and refreshing drinks are a priority. And from experience, I’ve found nothing to be more refreshing than a traditional mojito. Havana is of course the birthplace of the mojito, a blissful concoction of five simple ingredients. If you’re after one of the best mojitos in the city, be sure to visit The Cuban on St Asaph Street.
The restaurant and bar joins one of the several new establishments to emerge in the central city and certainly helps cement St Asaph as a premiere entertainment and dining destination. With ample room both indoors and outdoors, the north-facing patio is ideal, especially if the weather is fine and the temperature agreeable. We were in luck and greeted by the tempting aroma of a charcoal barbecue being lit just around the corner.
With drinks under our belts, we peruse the menu, ultimately deciding on the platter to share. Consisting of many Cuban favourites, the sharing platter is piled high with spicy wedges, jerk chicken wings, achiote chicken on rice, sausages, chorizo and roast pepper croquettes, grilled mushrooms, and pulled goat tostada. Between the two of us, we’re nearly unable to finish everything, but delight at the array of flavourful morsels.
The Cuban greets its patrons with open arms. The authentic menu satisfies, but its atmosphere is where it truly shines. The central city boasts an array of quality dining establishments and the Cuban certainly stands out as a worthy contender. Vibrant, fun and thematic, it’s the perfect place to settle in for after work drinks or dinner with friends. Much like the small Caribbean nation, the restaurant stands out amongst the rubble of the rebuild.
The Cuban, 236 St Asaph Street, 03 260 2605, www.thecuban.co.nz