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Our new favourite culinary discovery!

When we think of Cuba we usually think of cigars, brightly coloured buildings, and The Godfather Part II. But did you know that Cuba is also home to some of the world’s most delicious and eclectic cooking? Neither did we. A combination of Spanish, African, Native American and Caribbean cuisine; Cuban food is basically a melting pot of deliciousness. To celebrate the unveiling of a delectable new menu at El Patio de Cuba, the Gold Coast’s ultimate Cuban dining destination, we thought we’d give you a taste of the drool-worthy dishes this culinary fare has to offer. Tapas Who doesn’t love tapas? It’s delicious, interesting, and small enough that you can have at least 10 plates without judgment (right, guys?). Having been colonized by Spain, it’s unsurprising that Cuban cooking also prides itself on the art of the appetizer. Here’s what a typical Cuban tapas selection might look like: marinated prawn and pineapple skewers, charred corn on the cob topped with parmesan, chilli honey chicken wings with blue cheese and sweet potato chips with guava sauce. Sounds amazing, right? Excuse us while we book a flight to Havana. Mains El Patio de Cuba not only has a new menu, they also have the distinction of being only restaurant on the Gold Coast with an authentic Josper charcoal oven. Basically, this means that they will be serving up some seriously smoky, delicious meat. In Cuban cuisine, main dishes will usual feature popular cuts such as fire grilled T-bone and chargrilled rump steak, typically served with potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Another popular dish is a filete Cubano eye fillet steak with parmesan mash, vegetables and red wine jus. Hunger: meat your match. Drinks All this food is very well and good, but what about something to wash it down? Cuban cocktails are as delicious as the food is (we have them to thank for the glorious mojito) – think lots of lime and lots of rum. El Patio de Cuba is slinging sumptuous cocktails such as the Havana Mama with Absolut vanilla vodka, fresh ginger, pineapple juice and a squeeze of fresh lemon and the Old Cuban with Barcardi 8 rum, mint, fresh lime, and Angostura bitters topped with Spanish sparkling wine. So there you go guys, next time you’re trying to figure out what to eat, say ‘si!’ to some delightful Cuban delicacies! You can find El Patio de Cuba at Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise Boulevard on the Gold Coast. Words by Georgia Casey