Kuba Kuba, 1601 Park Ave, Richmond
Michele: I have been to Kuba Kuba once for brunch a few years ago, and for dinner several times. I was nervous this week about the infamous long wait to get a table here. Maybe it was the holiday weekend, maybe it was the group size of 2. Whatever the reason, Kathy and I were seated immediately. I decided to go with a double Kuban coffee. I don’t know what I was thinking. My little double shot arrived, and I was immediately envious of Kathy’s cafe con leche. There was nothing wrong with my cute little espresso. I should have known, though, that I much prefer my coffee to be big and in a mug. Beverage disappointment #2 came when I was informed that Kuba Kuba does not have a bloody mary. They probably don’t have the liquor license for harder alcohol, but still, this was week number 2 without a bloody mary. I ordered a mimosa instead. It came “Richmond style”, over ice in a pint glass. I cannot really comment on how it compares to other mimosas around town because I order them so rarely. This one was alright, although it seems to me that the ice waters it down too much for my taste. Do the rest of the ladies feel this way?
For my meal I decided on the Huevos Kuba, two fried eggs over Kuban beef hash over rice and a piece of cornbread. The hash was amazing. The meat was very finely chopped and was seasoned well. I did have to add some hot sauce because the hash did not have enough heat for my tastes. The rice was cooked perfectly. I ordered my eggs fried medium, but I think I should have gone with over easy. A runny yoke mixing with the hash and rice would have been heavenly. And the corn bread, oh the corn bread. It was sweet and dense and moist, almost like a cake.
Overall this was a great brunch experience. I will certainly go back to Kuba Kuba for brunch, or any meal, in the future.
Kathy, newly inducted brunch club member (yay!): Kuba Kuba's fun and lively (though not too loud!) atmosphere stands in contrast to the relative plainness of my meal. After perusing their impressively large menu (a huge plus, as that will definitely drive me to come back again to try more), I chose the Tortilla con chorizo with a cafe con leche. While the coffee was amazing - like a liquid dessert - the food lacked "oomph." The chorizo was a bit bland, and even as someone who cannot handle very spicy food, I wished for more flavor overall. However, one of my pet peeves about omelets is an inappropriate egg to other ingredients ratio, and this omelet did not disappoint. As the picture shows, the "omelet" was really a pile of potatoes, chorizo, and vegetables between two thin egg layers. The portion size was incredible; I couldn't finish the meal and took the rest home.
Food - Good. Not as spicy as we expected, maybe they keep it toned down for American palettes?
Atmosphere - Very Good. Cozy, kitschy, Cuban!
Service - Good. Prompt, helpful. Also, quick to seat us this week!
Coffee - Very Good. The cafe con leche is amazing with sweetened condensed milk added. The Kuban coffee is basically espresso, also very tasty.
Mimosa - Good. Standard Richmond mimosa, I think.
Bloody Mary - Not rated, they don’t have one. Boo.