Best of the Gold Coast: The Cuban Bar & Lounge Dining

The Cuban in Broadbeach is not simply a bar or restaurant....it's a dining experience. We figured this out pretty quickly after arriving last Saturday for lunch. There is a shortage of Cuban restaurants in Queensland. It's a shame because Cuban food is INCREDIBLE. Luckily, The Cuban is here to satisfy all of your cravings...




The Cuban is located in the exclusive Oracle in Broadbeach. It is inspired by the original party island of Cuba. During the American prohibition the rich & famous would travel to Cuba for a little taste of the Cuban lifestyle. Cuban food draws inspiration from Latin America, Spain, and the Caribbean. The restaurant is broken up into two different sections. The bar area is very stylish decked out with plush leather chairs, decorative golden fans, and artwork paying homage to "Old Cuba". You instantly feel like lighting up a cigar and relaxing into one of those big leather chairs with a drink upon entering. The have definitely captured the essence of Cuba pre-revolution.


The outdoors area has a more relaxed, casual atmosphere. This is where we sat to have lunch. We began our Cuban adventure with a few drinks and an assortment of tapas.

For our drinks we had a Cuban Mojito and a Bucanero (cuban lager)...

The Cuban not only has cuban beers available for purchase but also a large collection of rum....

The Cuban Mojito was beautifully prepared. So refreshing- with a perfect flavour balance and just the right amount of fresh mint leaves.

For $30 per person you get a beautiful selection of the chef's favourite tapas which include: spicy, sweet pork with chilli & caramel... spicy lamb Cuban cigars with mint & cucumber yoghurt... prawns in a garlic & chilli cream sauce...chickepeas with warm potato salad tossed with chimmichurri, and corn salsa...and marinated Portobello mushrooms... 


Beautiful creamy sauce with fresh, plump prawns...


The pork belly was perfection on a plate...



Fresh ingredients, vibrant colours...


Clean, elegant presentation...




Darrell and I both agree that this is a fantastic deal. The serving sizes are very generous. The tapas were extremely filling. You get to try a large variety of things. Its a great option if you are having lunch/drinks with a few of your closest friends. Our favourites from the set tapas menu were: spicy, sweet pork with chilli & caramel, and the marinated Portobello mushrooms!

For our main we shared The Cuban's signature dish seafood paella which consisted of black mussels, calamari, king prawn, and chorizo tossed in saffron rice with coriander and peas...


The paella bursting with seafood...

We were so full from the tapas that we couldn't finish all of our delicious paella. We gave it a good crack though! As I mentioned the paella is a signature dish at The Cuban and once you have a mouthful of this divine dish you will quickly understand why. The paella was bursty with rich, savoury flavour. Packed full of fresh seafood and juicy chorizo. This paella is a MUST TRY.


We finished off our visit to The Cuban with churros with chocolate dipping sauce & baileys cream...and a traditional Cuban style coffee...


Delicious, rich, warm chocolate sauce....


A perfect end to our Cuban adventure. The churros with chocolate sauce and baileys cream is a fun & tasty dessert- perfect for sharing. Darrell also enjoyed his traditional Cuban coffee. Some of the best coffee we have had on the GC. Cuba is known for its incredible coffee and The Cuban in Broadbeach does not disappoint. We had a excellent experience and will definitely be back!

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*AmeriAus was the guest of The Cuban. All opinions expressed are our own. 
Best of the Gold Coast: The Cuban Bar & Lounge Dining Reviewed by C. Hawkins on 11:46 Rating: 5

29 comments:

  1. Your post made me hungry! The mojito looks very refreshing. I also like the ambiance of this Cuban Bar Lounge. I'm allergic to shrimps but I would love to try those :) Yummy!

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  2. I love the presentations of these meals! They look amazing!

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  3. The food looks amazingly yummy. wish i could try it out. even the sight of these pics are making my mouth water :)

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  4. Wow! What a great bar. I love the ambiance. The food and drinks looks so good too. A great find!

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  5. I love cuban food... Any chance i get i eat it.. The cuban mojito looks very good..

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  6. I've never had cuban food and looking at all this delicious food I don't know why!! The shrimp looks so good!

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  7. That looks like such a great place to eat. I love Cuban food.

    Michelle F.

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  8. This place looks amazing I like how it looks, though what really caught my eye were the churros dipped in a chocolate sauce... It looks so delicious!

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  9. Looks like a great bar! The shrimp look amazing along with the other food. I am looking forward to traveling more outside of the U.S. I will have to put this on my list of places to try . Thanks for the review!

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  10. Wow, they were absolutely beautifully presented! Before you even take a bite, you're happy because they look so good!

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  11. That looks like a wonderful place and the food tasty, thanks for sharing :)

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  12. I love restaurants that offer a complete dining experience, not just food. Those chef selection tapas look like a great way to experiment and try a lot of the menu!

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  13. Great pics... I've never heard of the beer but the packaging looked interesting. The churros look fantastic. Glad you had a great experience!!!!

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  14. Incredible pictures, everything is mouthwatering. I don't believe I have ever eaten Cuban food but I am very intrigued.

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  15. I love the paella one of my favorite dishes. I haven't tried a Cuban paella but it looks wonderful!

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  16. Yum, that looks fantastic. Would love a sip of that cocktail right now...and that shrimp...!

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  17. All the food photos looks very delicious especially that prawns and pork belly, and the restaurant looks great and they have an awesome plating.

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  18. that food looks amazing no other way to describe it

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  19. I love the pictures each one laid out perfectly. The food looks amazing as does the entire scene!

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  20. I've never tried Cuban food but now I need to fix that! Your photos are great and everything looks so good. The churros with chocolate dipping sauce look awesome!

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  21. Oh my goodness all of that looks delicious. I love Mojitos and love Churros. Now I want both!! I never tried many Cuban dishes but it sure has peaked my interest now.

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  22. Oh my gosh you are making me hungry! Can I have one of each?

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  23. The Cuban Mojito looks wonderful! $30 for all that food is an excellent special. Love the churros to top it all off.

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  24. This is the kind of place I would love to attend! Your photos are gorgeous, that mojito looks very refreshing.

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  25. I love your photography and your food is so inviting and makes we want all of it. This seems like a great place.

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  26. I have never had cuban food but this food looks so good!! The mojito is mouth watering lol.

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  27. That Cuban Mojito looks gorgeous. And the shrimp looks so tasty!

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  28. One of the countries I want to visit. The food looks amazing!! The place looks so comfortable and relaxing.

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  29. A beautiful looking bar with so yumm looking dishes... loved this place

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