Lunch review: Coco Cubano, Joondalup

Coco Cubano

Coco CubanoCoco Cubano is an Australian chain of Cuban restaurants that has recently added a Western Australian store to its existing ones in New South Wales and Queensland. The local store is located on the outside of Lakeside Joondalup shopping centre, right next door to Max Brenner. It’s open from 7am until late seven days a week, so you can get a “Cuban” fix at any time of day.

Cuban food takes its influences from a mixture of Spanish, French, African, Arabic, Chinese, and Portuguese cultures, so there’s a variety of items from tapas dishes to tortillas & burritos to burgers filled with pulled pork & beef. You can see the full menu here – there’s plenty to choose from, including a kids menu and gluten free options.

Coco CubanoDid I say Cuban?

We decided to visit for lunch as the breakfast selection doesn’t particularly excite me – the Cuban eggs Benedict with spinach, bacon & pulled pork ($15.90) is about the only thing that grabs my attention. Other items include a variety of wraps ($10-$14), Belgian waffles with berry compote and ice cream ($10.90) and their spin on eggs / full / vegetarian breakfast, all with fresh salsa & spinach ($9.90 / $17.90 / $17.90).

Coco CubanoCoco Cubano features a range of hot chocolate drinks made with pure coverture chocolate, with the single origin Venezuelan 72% and Cuban 70% being the most intriguing items. I asked the waitress for a recommendation, and her suggestion was the coconut hot chocolate – which doesn’t seem to be on the menu – but coconut isn’t my thing so I went for the Cuban (small for $6.70). I was expecting something stronger and denser, it was surprisingly light in both flavour and texture but an interesting drink nonetheless.

Coco CubanoI was tempted by the Cubano Club sandwich on the next table (pulled pork, bacon, pickles & parmesan crusted sourdough toast – $12.90) but eventually decided on the pulled beef cheeseburger with baby cos, bacon, Spanish onion, melted cheese, pickles, tomato relish & mustard ($11.90). All of the burgers I saw around the restaurant looked generous in size, and this was no exception.

As a whole it was an enjoyable burger, although I found the pulled beef to be a little lacking in flavour on its own, and there wasn’t actually much of it. I heard a few people in the restaurant saying how good the pulled pork was, so maybe that’s the better choice. Still a bargain at under $12, however.

Coco CubanoRenay chose the chicken mushroom salad ($13.90) with lime & pepper chicken, rocket, grilled mushrooms, Cuban slaw, Danish feta and balsamic dressing. This combo sounded a little odd to me but Renay really enjoyed it, finding the chicken in particular tender and moist.

Coco CubanoI was curious about the plantain chips so we ordered a serving, which comes with sour cream and guacamole ($9.90). These were quite nice – like a dense sweet potato – although i thought it was a small serve for $10. Normal / sweet potato wedges or fries are only $5, and looked more substantial than this.

Coco CubanoThe restaurant is comfortable to eat in, and there’s a variety of table sizes and also some comfy chairs. It was rather busy there for Saturday lunch, although the service was friendly & efficient and our food came out quickly.

We weren’t blown away by lunch at Coco Cubano, although we certainly had no complaints. Everything we ordered was cooked well and reasonably priced – except perhaps for the plantain chips – and it was certainly nice to have something different. Recommended.

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Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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  • i really glad i found your blog. I’m new to joondalup and it’s greAt to have poinTers about where to diNE. I had coffee at coCo last week, nice cosy plaCe.

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