Last night, over a lackluster dinner at Cafe Habana, I wondered aloud whether I might be better off going to restaurants in Philly and just ordering a cocktail and dessert and skipping the main course. It seems that when I'm not blown away by the food, I'm still happy with the cocktail and dessert. Last night I had a Pisco Sour, which is fruity and fresh with lots of cinnamon sprinkled on top, and for dessert our table had caramel flan, chocolate flan (surprisingly really, really good), and natilla (a vanilla-egg-meringue custard).
According to the restaurant's own website, they are "widely known as being Philadelphia's authentic Cuban restaurant", but according to my authentic Cuban husband, the food wasn't terribly authentic. (I say this knowing nothing about who owns and cooks at the restaurant or personally, what authentic Cuban food should involve.) And in fact, in recipe, the food was Cuban. But in flavor, it just fell a little flat, and that's what we were disappointed by.
So maybe I would be better off just going for a drink and a dessert. Perhaps happy hour is my calling.
(Actually, after I wrote this post, I replied to an email to someone who's going to be in Philly for a couple of days and was looking for restaurant recommendations. Looking back through my blog I see that I actually have liked a good number of restaurants here, so I guess it would be premature to restrict myself to only drinks and dessert. My favorites so far have been Genji (sushi), Shiroi Hana (sushi), Ten Stone (bar and restaurant), Effie's (Greek), and Pico de Gallo (Mexican). I'm getting hungry just thinking about all of these places... maybe I'll go eat some of my leftover Arroz con Pollo a la Cubana from last night for lunch now...)