Cuba Libre (Clarke Quay)

565 Wishlisted
~$30/pax
Cuba Libre Café & Bar started in 2006 as a pioneer concept bar in Singapore’s nightlife district, Clarke Quay. Adding fun vibes to Singapore’s bar scene over the past 10 years. The energetic restaurant and nightspot is well regarded within Singapore’s Latin American community as the happening place for Latino. (SG Nightlife 2019 – Best Themed Bars) A healthier Latin American contemporary menu designed with influences from Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Costa Rica, Portugal and Spain. Serving one of Singapore’s best Mojito with over twenty types of flavours to choose from and wild variety of rum-based cocktails, tequilas and more! 7 days a week, Adrenalina, a 6 piece band, lights up the evenings with a stunning array of live performances with various social nights a week, the dance floor fires up late into the wee hours, so make sure you bring your dancing shoes.

3B River Valley Road
#01-13
Singapore 179021

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Wednesday:
04:00pm - 10:00pm

Thursday:
04:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday:
04:00pm - 10:00pm

Saturday:
04:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday:
04:00pm - 10:00pm

Monday:
04:00pm - 10:00pm

Tuesday:
04:00pm - 10:00pm

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Reviews

From the Burpple community

We got the 1 for 1 main dish comprising of the Mojito Chicken and the Vegetariana Burger and not in the photo - Empanadas, Happy Hour Asahi half pint and House Red Wine.

I liked the burger as it wasnt too heavy, and it came with sweet potato fries as well. I fell in love with the dipping sauce although I can't quite put the name of it even though it tastes so familiar. My friend did say the Mojito Chicken was just ordinary and wasnt able to eat it much. We did enjoy the Empanadas thoroughly though! It was really delicious and really filled, plus the sauce was a good addition too, albeit it could be more!

The only thing I wasnt too fond off was having to scream to my friend sitting in front of me just to hold a conversation. But all in all, I will recommend visiting the place, I will definitely be back nonetheless!

Damage done:

☆ Vegetariana Burger ($18)
☆ Mojito Chicken ($24)
☆ Empanadas ($14)
☆ Asahi Half pint ($5)
☆ House Red Wine ($17)
☆ Water ($2) *

*The water comes in a fruit infused jug and can be refillable!

The platter came with smoked salmon, ham, chicken, and mushrooms served on toast. Pretty decent and fun to eat, but wish the toast were crispier. Overall, a good dish and fun for sharing.

We got the 1 for 1 mains with salmon and prawns, served with greens. The prawns were cooked with a nice charcoal grilled flavour and were really tender. The salmon however, lacked flavour in comparison and tasted quite average. But nonetheless, a good meal.

As for the interesting sounding Mojito chicken, what really sold us on it was the promised addition of mango salsa on the side. Well, we’ve been tricked, we’ve been backstabbed and we’ve been quite possibly, bamboozled. Yep, the promised mango salsa was conspicuously absent. Still, the braised chicken thigh was moist, juicy and rather enjoyable despite its uninspiring aesthetics. The mojito sauce, which is actually a dark rum reduction, tasted a lot like mango concentrate at first. As wrong as it sounds, however, the sauce rapidly grew on me, and I quite enjoyed the sweet, fruity sauce with the tender thighs.

One universal problem that both dishes shared were the vegetables. I was actually rather pumped to find that @cubalibre.cq had put in a decent bit of effort & arrayed a marvellous medley of veg on the plate. There’s broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, asparagus, squash, cauliflowers & cucumbers coexisting on both plates, and that’s quite the rainbow of vegetables. Unfortunately, the effort ended up half baked, as the vegetables weren’t dressed at all. Heck, they weren’t even seasoned, unfortunately.

Still, despite unseasoned, undressed vegetables, Cuba Libre’s mains aren’t too shabby for the price of admission. Besides, Cuba Libre’s on #burpplebeyond, and two of these for the price of one? Consider me convinced!

Thanks for having us, @cubalibre.cq & @burpple!

And now, we finally get to the main meat of the matter at @cubalibre.sg: the main courses. The tapas selection definitely dwarfs the entrée section, but the two most promising choices were the Crispy Roast Pork ($23++), also known as ‘Lonjas de Cerdo Asado’ on the menu, and the Mojito Chicken ($22++).

As you might’ve guessed, the redolent roast pork is the full sized variant of the roast pork bites we had earlier. Oddly enough, these thick slices of pork were considerably tougher than their more diminutive brethren. Perhaps cutting them down to a smaller size tenderised them slightly, or perhaps it was a bout of inconsistency. We’ll probably never know.

One universal problem that both dishes shared were the vegetables. I was actually rather pumped to find that @cubalibre.cq had put in a decent bit of effort & arrayed a marvellous medley of veg on the plate. There’s broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, asparagus, squash, cauliflowers & cucumbers coexisting on both plates, and that’s quite the rainbow of vegetables. Unfortunately, the effort ended up half baked, as the vegetables weren’t dressed at all. Heck, they weren’t even seasoned, unfortunately.

Still, despite unseasoned, undressed vegetables, Cuba Libre’s mains aren’t too shabby for the price of admission. Besides, Cuba Libre’s on #burpplebeyond, and two of these for the price of one? Consider me convinced!

Thanks for having us, @cubalibre.cq & @burpple!

Next up are the same same but different Crispy Cuban Roast Pork bites ($13++), which simply swap the beef for roasted pork belly. Now, calling it crispy roast pork is overselling it a fair bit, but it’s still a pleasant portion porcine to pig out on. The slow roasted pork belly doesn’t have the earth shattering rind we’ve come to expect from to our local roast pork (siobak), but the rind is instead charmingly chewy without getting frustrating. The fat has been very competently cooked, and a good deal of it has been rendered out, leaving behind just enough to lusciously lubricate the piquant pork.

Thanks for having us, Cuba Libre & Burpple!

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