Another event and more food on the blog today, I would say sorry but I am far from it as really, who doesn’t love food? If you haven’t yet read my post from last week about the fabulous Las Iguanas event I attended, you can find it here! The event I’m writing about today was held at The Cuban in Bristol and arranged by Heather in collaboration with Socialight. Socialight is a website, soon to be app that connects influencers and bloggers with local businesses and brands for collaborations. It’s a brilliant way to find opportunities that they have put out and build a relationship with them!
Becky and I met beforehand and headed over together as we always do. On arrival, us bloggers mingled as usual and then had a little chat to the friendly manager Ellie who explained that the event was in honour of them launching a new menu at The Cuban. To begin with, I have to say the exterior of The Cuban doesn’t do the interior justice. The interior boasts culture, colour and creativity with two bars, a small stage and a restaurant area on offer. The ceiling is high up making it feel spacious, the acoustics brilliant and leaving more than enough room to dangle lots of hanging singular and string lights for a pretty and warm atmosphere.
We then headed over to the back bar for the Mojito masterclass. In all honesty, I’m not a big fan of the flavour mint in general but the Mojitos at The Cuban hold a much more prominent taste of lime so I thoroughly enjoyed it. The gentleman then showed us a variation of a Mojito with a passionfruit twist and a quite literal fire-filled shot on top. Next, another cocktail with a bit of a kick as it contained ginger beer and then a “spiced old fashioned” if I remember correctly, as it was his personal favourite!
It was then time to head over to our very long table and have a browse at the new menu. I ordered a “Safe Sex On The Beach” mocktail whilst we were all deciding which was a super sweet and yummy mix of fruit juices. The menu offered an array of all different meat dishes such as a trio of pork, a lamb rack and a chicken thigh kebab, all served with either chips, veg or salad. There was also different types of steak ranging in price, piella and a veggie option or two. I’ve got to say I was quite surprised at the lack of vegetarian or vegan options seeing as the movement of both has been very active everywhere you go recently. They do have quite a fair few gluten free options, though.
We were kindly given our own choice of a complimentary starter and main or some tapas dishes so I went for the “Aubergine Roulade” to begin with which was thinly sliced aubergine wrapped around a sizeable slice of tomato infused with garlic and basil. The basil was definitely the most stand out flavour which I really wasn’t complaining about as I adore it – although this was actually a cold starter which I wasn’t expecting.
Becky went for the “Calamari” dish with aioli which looked crispy and delicious and she said she thoroughly enjoyed it. I also admittedly stole some of her aioli to pop on the top of mine too, it was gorgeously garlicy and had quite a kick to it!
Between ordering and sipping on cocktails, a duo music act set up and started playing some upbeat acoustic music. There was a gentleman on guitar and backing vocals and a really smiley and passionate lady leading whilst also doing percussion. They provided brilliant entertainment for around an hour and even chucked in the old classic “Stand By Me”. Although they did set off a group of very drunk and loud men singing along with that one… The Cuban has musical entertainment performing every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for customers to enjoy!
For the main I went for the “Cuban Burger” but changed it to chicken breast instead of beef. This was served in a long ciabatta sub-sized roll with lettuce, tomatoes, gherkins and monteray jack cheese and a side of fries sprinkled with what I can only assume was paprika. It was served lovely and hot which was great as when such a big tables food is arriving all at the same time, sometimes some dishes can lack a bit of heat and freshness. It was more than enough and far too big a serving for me to finish the whole meal but the chicken was cooked really nicely and the gherkins were an excellent addition to the burger.
The event was supposed to end at 9 and by the time we’d finished our main meal it was almost 10 and I was beyond exhausted. My fatigue can wipe me out completely sometimes making it near impossible for me to function normally or drive safely. So I thought it was a sensible idea to say my goodbyes at this point, unfortunately missing dessert! I did have my eye on the “White Chocolate Panna Cotta” though and it will definitely be something I’ll try on my next visit there.
A big thank you to everyone involved in setting up an enjoyable night for us and of course to The Cuban for having us! Have you ever tried Cuban inspired food?