I smelled like roasted onion...
|Grilled Chicken. It's so good that the hands are trying to catch if it falls..|
I smelled like roasted onion...
Yes, I did. I was in the kitchen on Sunday evening trying to roast onions following Momofuku's cookbook instructions. The cooking time was 50 mins or so and you had to flip and turn every 10-15 mins. The result? My house smelled like onion. My hair, and clothes - even my dog - we all smelled like onion. The roasted onion itself smelled terrific! but when it comes to clothes, house, and your hair...not so much..
This roasted onion and the smoky flavor reminded me of Paseo Caribbean Restaurant in Ballard and also the Fremont area in WA. It claims to offer the best Cuban sandwich in town according to Seattle Magazine.It's also featured on several presses. Keith and I had to try out this place! One morning we were there..it took us 45 mins to get there since we live down south and this place is sort of up north, but this didn't stop us for sure. We got there at 2 pm thinking the line wouldn't be too long as it was past lunch time.
Na-uh...the line was 2-blocks long! It must be a common logic for others too. Dang! We weren't giving up. We were there. We were so close to getting this sandwich. First I thought this place might just be overrated from the press. However, if you look at the line, and all the stickers on the door, it confirms that you'd better try it out..
This place only takes cash. If you have a chance to go there, be prepared. It's open kitchen as you can see the kitchen from where you order. I could see flame..yes red flame..in the kitchen.
|Study the menu on its web first! That sign is the only menu they have in-store. It's small and hard to read unless you know what you want to order. It's peer pressure from the line when it takes you so long to order!|
|It was really busy that day. I could only get a peek of the kitchen. Too bad I couldn't catch the flame..|
We ordered for to-go as the seating was full. No questions asked, I ordered 3 sandwiches! I didn't know if I could finish but it took me hours to get to this point. I ordered the most popular one- Cuban roast, grilled chicken breast, and Midnight Cuban press. After we ordered, they gave us the ticket number. While waiting we ordered this refreshing mango orange soda called Jaritos. It was so good!
I didn't know if this was romantic or pathetic. We ate in the back of our SUV. The most popular - Cuban roast - was so succulent! Bread was hard and crispy. I watched food travel channel about a Cuban sandwich and they said a good Cuban sandwich is when you knock on it, it must have the echo sound, and this place did! According to its website, all sandwiches are on a lightly toasted baguette slathered with aioli (seasoned mayo) , fresh cilantro, pickled jalapeños, crisp romaine lettuce & crowned with caramelized onions.
No doubt on the roast. It was tender and melted in your mouth. Going back to why Momofuku's roasted onion reminded me of this place. The sandwich had roasted onions and the smokey flavor and smell of meat and bread.
The only thing I didn't like was it was waaaaaaay too big...
The grilled chicken was amazing too. The chicken was cooked perfectly. It wasn't dry but moist. Chicken breast gets dry easily if you don't know how to cook. My husband liked it better than the Cuban roast. He thought the Cuban roast was too moist and it became smushy.
The Midnight Cuban press was just okay to me. It had Cuban roast pork nestled atop sweet banana peppers, draped with slices of smoked ham; Swiss cheese melted between a hot press. I preferred the regular roast.
Is this worth a trip? Definitely. If you're ever in the area, you should try it out.