Beaconsfield Village, Toronto
La Cubana, sits on Ossington st, I’ve passed it many times and finally found my chance one evening when my fridge was particularly empty and I was not uncharacteristically hung over.
La Cubana is a weird colour; I’m putting it out there, it’s a strange green colour with the ambiance being that of a typical diner anywhere.
I ordered the pressed cubano knowing it was something I knew that I wanted, It was going to be great I told myself; I’ve been so amped up on Cuban sandwiches since the movie chef that I was probably a bit too excited.
To go with that I ordered the short rib plate after a recommendation from the girl behind the counter.
The food came out at once, it looked great, I was impressed by the willingness of the staff to help me take photo’s (always bonus points from me). I finally started with the sandwich and it was great, the meats were delicious, a flavourful and soft pork that was grilled with a complementing smokey ham all pressed with Gruyère and both, pickles and pickled onions. The outside was super buttery; I found it to be great at first but as the sandwich went on it was a trial to finish it – definitely not for the health conscious. While overall a great sandwich – make sure you get some of their hot sauce to go with – it was incredibly light on both cheese and pickles.
I started on the short rib plate after setting down the sandwich; on first bite I was blown away.
It was incredible, a flakey and explosive piece of meat that was lathered in their sweet(ish) bbq sauce and served with a creamy spicy slaw and the best rice and beans I’ve ever had.
Not one complaint about the plate; the best part was mixing a bit of everything, it was like some sort of nirvana.
If I’m ever hung over and I feel like cheapish great food I will be heading back for that short rib plate, something everyone should probably try at least once.