Find yourself dreaming of the April sun in Cuba? Us too. Thankfully, our prayers have been answered in the form of Cuba Libre, Ponsonby’s newest (and funkiest) eatery serving up exotic cocktails and exciting food to match.
Sitting along the bustling haven of Ponsonby Road, Cuba Libre sure ain’t hard to miss. The place is decked out in colourful stools, quirky wall art and loads of rum bottles—it is their thing, after all. Owner Guy Jacobson wanted to create a Havana haven, where Aucklanders can sip, eat and laugh the night away, and that he has.
At the core of Cuba Libre are the cocktails. In fact, they believe “we do cocktails, they’re pretty much better than everyone else’s.” A big call but one glance at the menu and you’ve already begun to believe them. From the classics using pineapple, coconut and rum to the modern cocktails mixing flavours of the golden age and today, Cuba Libre’s drinks push the boundaries and taste delicious, too.
Special mention, however, must go to the creative cocktails, which blur the lines between drinks and experiences. One rum, two rum, three rum and you’ll find yourself sipping their Finding Nemo creation served not in a glass but in a goldfish bag. Coffee fans will fall head over heels for the Café Habana made with cold drip coffee-infused and coconut fat-washed Barcadi, cigar smoked syrup, sherry and whipped orange and cognac cream. Better yet, Cuba Libre claim it “may or may not make you as desirable as George Clooney.” Sounds like a done deal to us.
Drinking without eating never ends well and Cuba Libre make sure your tum is sufficiently lined. They strive to get their produce locally from ethical suppliers, free range farmers, local bakers and organic producers. If you’re yet to try a cubano, Cuba Libre is the place to do it. These epic Cuban sammies come stuffed with mojo pork, beef, flank or smoked fish and are a must-order. If you’re after something more bright, zingy and fresh, the Pina Colada ceviche or rum-cured salmon is the way to go. Something heartier? Cuba Libre’s take on Caribbean street food includes croquetas, pollo frito (fried chicken), blackened octopus and cassava fries. Just make sure you leave room for the churros bowl (!).
So, Auckland, hop to! Cuba Libre is ready and waiting.
For more details on Cuba Libre, including openings hours, click here.
Image credit: Cuba Libre