Amie Barbeler in her natural habitat - bars - with a Cuban-inspired watering hole...
This week, my curiosity for Cuban cuisine and my eternal desire for a drink, found me at Central Park's Coco Cubano. After going cross-eyed at the three menus we were provided, my date and I retreated to a rustic leather armchair in the bar and focussed on our favourite menu... the one with all the alcohol.
Once the Cuban cocteles were finally in hand, we were well on our way to Havana good time. I hit up the punchy Pape Doble ($16) made on Havana Club Añejo 3 Años rum, maraschino liqueur, grapefruit and lime; while my date went with the zingy El Nacional ($17) with Havana Club Especial rum, apricot brandy, pineapple, lime juice and cane sugar.
As we drank, we nibbled on Cuba's national chip – Tostones ($9.90) – a slightly thicker take on potato crisps served with guacamole and mango salsa. Nothing spectacular, but interesting nonetheless.
As our drinks drew to an empty end, we shared a very average Tropical Prawn Salad ($17.90), which featured a few grilled prawns drowning in a sea of mixed lettuce.
And while I'm not going loco for Coco Cubano, the bar's Caribbean cocktail menu and comfy couches may lure me back next time I visit Central Park.
Central Park, Shop RB06, Lower Ground Floor, Central Shopping Centre, 1 Central Park Avenue, Chippendale
Ph: (02) 8060 9893