Hey foodie friends. How are you guys? It’s cold here in the DMV so I thought I would drop a new blog post on you in hopes of getting you out of that “winter weather funk” and in someone’s restaurant trying some new dishes.
This week, I’m introducing you guys to Cuba!!! There is a restaurant in DC’s City Center by the name of Cuba Libre. I frequent this area often and decided to drop in for lunch since I always see it and never tried it. I left with a complete smile on my face guys!!!
If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know we start with LIBATIONS!!!! I ordered the Grilled Pineapple Mojito. Our server, Alida, suggested the drink and it was one of the best mojito’s I have ever had. You could taste the freshly grilled pineapple flavor in every sip. Next, we ordered the Crab Guacamole. I absolutely LOVE guacamole. It’s probably my favorite snack of all time. I’m from Maryland so the addition of crab was an added bonus. The guacamole was paired with fresh crisp plantain chips and presented very beautifully. The guacamole was outstanding and they weren’t at all stingy with the lumps of fresh crab meat. For my entrée, I ordered the Del Mar, a three-course seafood lunch. The Del Mar included Levanta Muerto Seafood Soup, Shrimp Coctel, and Pargo a la Plancha. Ok let me break that down for you guys in English (lol). The Levanta Muerto Seafood Soup is a coconut milk-fortified “Chino-Cubano” broth with truffle oil that includes shrimp, bay scallops, crab meat, and mussels. It was DELICIOUS. The seafood was fresh and cooked to perfection, and the broth was just as tasty. The Shrimp Coctel is a Cuban-style shrimp cocktail, served with Latino coctel sauce and avocado. The horseradish and guacamole balanced one-another and made for the perfect pairing with the shrimp. The Pargo a la Plancha was mouthwatering. It included olive-oil griddled Florida red snapper atop coconut basmati rice with candied cashews (I’m not a nut person so I opted for plain rice) with a mango salsa and red curry sauce garnish. The red snapper was flaky, the curry and mango paired well with the perfectly cooked rice and snapper. I didn’t want to go back to work after this meal. It was an absolute treat.
There aren’t too many good Cuban restaurants in the area. If you are ever in the mood for some great Cuban food, don’t hesitate to visit Cuba Libre.
801 9th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001