Coco Cubano – Joondalup

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The redevelopment at Lakeside Joondalup just keeps giving and giving! We were lucky enough to be one of the very first customers at Coco Cubano after I spotted it opening up on Friday afternoon.

As we walked in I was immediately struck by the very impressive fit-out. It’s a fab looking café-bar and a very welcome addition to Joondalup – it would be a great pre/post cinema spot on date night!IMG_9504

The welcoming staff let me know that it is a soft opening of sorts – as the liquor licence is still pending approval. So whilst you can’t enjoy a mojito yet – you can enjoy Coco Cubano’s food, coffee and warm hospitality.

For the opening there are $1 coffees and hot chocolates. Since it was well after my lunch-time coffee cut off – Little Chef and I both opted for the hot chocolate. It was certainty no standard powdered hot chocolate. Here they use melted Cuban coverture chocolate and creamy milk – which makes for a velvety hot chocolate. One of the best I’ve had! The service is on the ball – the waiter ordered Little Chef’s hot chockie to not be piping hot. I loved the detail of the fancy spoons too, like something your Nanna would collect on holiday! Cute.IMG_9507

It’s little touches like that that make Coco Cubano a little different from your regular franchise. The eclectic collection of nick naks on the bookshelves and fire place make it feel very homely too. Western Australia’s first Coco Cubano does breakfast daily till 11.30, have tapas and regular meals too.IMG_9519

I had a hankering for a Cuban sandwich. I really enjoyed the tempory pop up Cocina Bandito and absolutely loved it’s colourful Cuban vibe. Unfortunately there isn’t a traditional Cuban sandwich on the menu, so instead I tried The Cubano Club. In between two slices of parmesan crusted sourdough toast was slow cooked marinated pulled pork, crispy bacon, pickles and a punchy kick of mustard. That was very tasty and the pulled pork was spot on.IMG_9513 

I got a couple of sides too, I ummed and arred about ordering the Plantain Chips and I was glad I did get to try them. Plantain is a savoury banana of sorts. Here it is double fried and served with homemade guacamole and sour cream. The plantain doesn’t have a strong flavour, but it was pleasant enough and something new to try.IMG_9515

We also devoured some Sweet Potato Wedges which were tasty and seasoned with paprika salt – I just wish there were more of them!IMG_9509

The dessert menu looked tempting – with churros, waffles and more – something to try next time!

We got a very warm welcome at Coco Cubano and enjoyed checking it out – we’ll be back soon.IMG_9523






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