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De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean

101B Ocean Dr. (1st St.) Send to Phone
In a glam poolside beach setting, Douglas Rodriguez presents imaginative takes on Cuban dishes plus global tapas and ceviches.
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De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean Restaurant Review

: From the chef recognized since the early 1990s as the "Godfather of Nuevo Latino Cuisine," Douglas Rodriguez' restaurant combines the casual East-West ceviches/Nuevo Latino tapas concept of D. Rodriguez Ocean, its predecessor in the same beachfront space, and the "authentic Cuban" (according to Rodriguez) fine dining concept of his short-lived D. Rodriguez Cuba in Sobe's The Astor hotel. The poolside patio with its tropical plants is definitely the preferred dining area. While Rodriguez resists the term Nuevo Cubano, diners shouldn't expect anything like traditional dishes --- unless abuela's (grandmother's) empanadas were made with foie gras and fig; her meatballs came with a creamy black truffle mushroom sauce; and her vaca frita wasn't fried beef shreds but crispy short ribs with heirloom tomatoes, avocado and herbed warm rice salad. Indeed, virtually all the menu's Cuban dishes are chef-driven, creative takes on classic dishes. But they're authentically Cuban in their flavor profile: strongly-spiced, but not spicy regarding heat. Familiar Cuban home-cooking it's not, but for diners wanting imaginatively upscaled Cuban food, with playful tropical cocktails and a comprehensive (if predictable) wine list to accompany, this is the best choice in town.

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