Lunch Quickie: Cubano Sandwich at Havana on Commercial

It’s the new Havana! Newly recharged with actual Cuban food on the menu, courtesy of the group behind Postmark, Belgard Kitchen, etc. I stopped in for a Cubano to see what Andrew Morrison was raving about. In a nutshell: very good except the pickle element rolled over and died. Plantain chips were excellent.

Patio was packed, of course. Inside was sparsely filled. Good for me though! Except for some kids jumping around on the banquettes… I support the free-range children concept though.

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Full menu available online.

Cubano is what I’m after. At $14 it feels a bit high…but I didn’t realize that it come with a side of their Mariquitas (plantain chips), so that makes it a bit more reasonable when compared to the $10.50 Cubano at Tuck Shoppe:

C U B A N O // Slammin' #PorkBelly #Cubano ($10.50) at @the_tuckshoppe on the edge of Chinatown. A more fully realized version than the one at Varadero Cafe on Commercial. #Cuban bread from @mix.the.bakery, @johnstonslocalquality #pork brined, sous vided, then rendered, kosher dill #pickles from @kaylinandhobbs sliced and distributed perfectly so you get pickle in every bite. Ham, swiss, mustard, and mayo complete the sandwich. Like all sandwiches, it's a study in balance. It costs more than the $7.25 one at Varadero Cafe but it's a little to a lot better in every way. "Cubano a cubano", #thetuckshoppe wins. (But there's still value in going to Varadero Cafe.) Crunchy #chips by @hardbitechips. If I had to nitpick something, I'd ask them to toast mine more to get it crustier on the outside 😉. Easily rectified. Thanks Adam & Zach! #tuckshoppe #yvr #vancouver #cubansandwich

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Also for reference, check out the $7.25 Cubano in my review of Varadero Cafe, also on Commercial.

Of course it’s Postmark beer on tap here, since Havana is part of the same group that owns Postmark now.

I love these tea towels! Much better feel than those hard, non-absorbent fabric napkins and classier than paper napkins.

Love all the furniture here too.

Wasn’t spinning when I was there. Very nice to look at though.

Post-family.

Cubano ($14) with porchetta, honey ham, swiss, dill pickles, and yellow mustard, served on a housemade Cuban bun. Comes with plantain chips and chimichurri aioli.

Pressed and toasted nicely. Just a touch too oily.

Those plantain chips are killer! Long curled strips. Very crispy. Ideal.

All the elements inside were good except the pickle. Sliced really thin, I could barely taste them.

If a Cubano is about balance, they need to add more pickle or slice them thicker so the crunch and acidity come out more. Overall a good sandwich but for $14 it needs to be great.

The chimichurri aioli reminded me of tartar sauce, believe it or not.

Overall the sandwich was good but needed some tweaking to make it a better Cubano. Plantain chips were awesome. Not in a rush to come back. But the service was good and the patio might be a draw for you.

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Next to try on the Cubano list: Bar Tocador on Main St. Someday…

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