La Isla - a taste of Cuba
104 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ, USA
La Isla - a taste of Cuba Hoboken Reviews
Thank You Fidel Castro Mar 04, 2008
Thanks to Castro's oppressive regime, we Americans have been blessed with the culinary heroism of Cuba! Located in a hip part of Hoboken (a surprisingly fun, cheap, and laidback city by the way) across the river from Manhattan, this 30'x10' ground floor kitchen/dining room combo looks like a miniture truckstop diner...a sure sign that what your about to eat is gonna be REALLY good! Despite its Diner atmosphere, this cafe serves up 4-star quality dishes with fantastic and COLORFUL presentation.
My host and I started with three appetizers: Empanada de Pollo (A crescent pastry filled with a lot of chicken - $3.25), Papa Rellena (Potato stuffed with ground beef and fried - $3.25), and Croqueta de Jamon (essentially nuggets filled with a homemade ham filling - $2). I was most impressed with the Papa Rellena.
My entree was Salmon Negro ($17)- Charred Salmon served on a bed of watercress, tostones, and topped with avacado puree. The avacado puree was better than any guacamole i've tried and the fish was cooked perfectly. I really liked how there was very little seasoning to the fish itself. The smooth texture and tarty taste of the avacado complemented the crispyness and meatiness of the salmon.
My friend's entree was Pargo con Coco ($19) - Coconut encrusted snapper served over roasted plantain, spinach, and orange rum sauce. I did not try the fish, but the Rum Sauce tasted exactly like it sounds...delicious.
To top the night off, a cafe con leche ($2) and a short walk to see the night skyline of manhattan. I highly recommend La Isla!
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