Cuban Classics With A Soul Food Twist

Updated: Jul 7

Edit 07/06/2021: Kuba Cocina is now KUBA EN LA PLAYA and has moved to 7525 Blind Pass Rd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706.

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[KŪ´BÅ] Cocina takes delicious Cuban food and adds a soul food twist that is out of this world. Chef Felicia Lacalle designed a colorful, rich menu full of flavor and soul that lives inside of the Tampa staple Armature Works.




[KŪ´BÅ] Cocina is anything but plain, even their water is infused with fruit and served with a delicious lemon slice. Their signature Sangria is made fresh, in-house and full of fruity flavors.

We were able to sample their build-your-own Cuban bowl, an appetizer and a rich, decadent dessert.


[LET'S DINE]



Appetizer:

TOSTONES RELLENOS: Tostones topped with melted muenster cheese, red wine sofrito-braised

ropa vieja (beef), and a spicy saffron aioli.

  • The flavors of this appetizer blended so perfectly together that it was easily my favorite item we tried (which is hard to say, since everything was amazing)


Entree:

BUILD YOUR OWN CUBAN BOWL: Choose your protein and three sides to complete your bowl.

  • We selected the Palomilla Steak for our protein, which was tender and sauteed with onions for extra flavor. I was surprised with how generous of a portion we were given considering the entree comes with three sides.

  • For our sides we chose Yucca Fries, Garlic Tostones and Cuban Cole Slaw

  • This was my first time trying Yucca Fries and I'm really contemplating my life choices since these were so fluffy, savory and fried to golden perfection.

  • The Garlic Tostones were fried, smashed, and fried a second time into golden medallions that were served with a garlic cilantro cream sauce that went well with the Yucca Fries too!

  • Cuban Cole Slaw is regular shredded slaw but rather than being mixed with mayonnaise, it's tossed in an oil vinaigrette. This was such a refreshing side and was perfect for the hot Tampa day.


Dessert:

FLAN DE CHOCOLATE CON FRESAS: House-Made Nutella Flan with whipped toppings, chocolate crumbles and garnished with a juicy strawberry.

  • This rich, creamy and heavenly dessert must have been hand crafted by the Gods because I heard angels singing when I took my first bite. All dramatics aside, this dessert is amazing and we highly recommend you order it when you visit.


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