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Cuba Libre Cafe & Bar

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This restaurant serves Cuban food and there's also an energetic live band and plenty of salsa dancing going on. Give the quesadillas a try, or if you come by later, there's a bar as well. Cigars are for sale, for those who want to truly inhale that Cuban feeling.

Mon - Thu: 18:00 - 02:00

Fri - Sat: 18:00 - 03:00

Eve of PH: 18:00 - 03:00

Sun: 18:00 - 02:00

+65 63388982
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3.5

1 for 1

Surprisingly, it was going 1-for-1 on main courses as well as wine on a holiday eve. Highly doubt the quality of the food but with the friendly waiter at the door introducing their menu, we were cajoled into the restaurant.

Hubby had the salmon and I had the lamb rack(S$32).

I agreed with him that sweet salsa or whatever sauce they used, did not go well with the salmon. Hubby said he felt kinda odd that the salmon tastes overly sweet. Perhaps we're too accustomed with teriyaki salmon or herb butter salmon. On the other hand, the sides, which is the mashed potato is one of the best I ever had. Mashed so finely, seasoned to perfection, absolutely delicious.

I actually like my lamb racks. Was super tempting to try ever since I had a terrific one during a wedding lunch at Raffles Town Club. Cuba Libre did not disappoint. HOWEVER, while the sauce was nice, it was really far too oily. Quite a shame. I would have ranked the lamb racks a 8.5 out of 10 if not for the oiliness in the sauces. Lamb racks were tender and juicy. It would be great if the racks have less totally-un-chewable fatty parts though, not very full with the edible portions. I had to stuff myself full with the normal wedges.

Oh the restaurant plays the Cuba music and it's quite...distracting to my ears because I cant have a proper conversation with hubby. Not very used to fast and upbeat music in my ears during a dinner! Were seated on a high table and high chairs indoors. It's kinda uncomfortable for the legs because there's only enough leg space for 1 leg. In short, you MUST cross your legs(1 leg width), THEN you can put them under the table. If you must un-cross your legs, withdraw them from UNDER the table THEN uncross them. (=.=)'''' And my legs are not fatttttt.

Service was okay. One of the few places which serves nice lamb racks with affordable prices so it's recommended. Oh, no taxes and service charge too! Prices are nett.

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27 Feb 2015 • 0 review • 0 follower

rude staff

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i was totally dissapointed by the staff who serve me and my friends. This phillipine girl wearing a home clothes with a name tag stated supervisor,are d*** rude to us. what kind of service shes into?a very bad service from her. what kind of supervisor? i dont see any supervisor post in her as she look so blur.
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16 Oct 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

This is NOT Cuban Food. Is mediocre and overpriced

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First of all, this is NOT Cuban food, in any shape, form or fashion. At best, it is Mexican food, and not so great Mexican food at that. Also is over priced. Will not go back again. Food is mediocre and over priced. Would go somewhere else, especially if you want decent Mexican.
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02 Aug 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Aweful place, rude staff, overpriced food, go somewhere else

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Went here for dinner and a bit of dancing. Found the food to be very overpriced for what it was, $26 for a main. The band came on, after a song was played we were asked if we wanted a drink. After saying no because we had already had dinner and a drink we were told we had to have a drink to stay.   Considering the band was out of time, the dance floor was about the size of a bathroom a coke cost $8 and they were demanding we buy a drink that we didn't want we left.   advice to others,  If you want to dance go to union square.  if you want good food go anywhere else
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29 May 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Very Bad Experience

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Dear Owner, this is a feedback for your outlet.   I am from India, and am working as a Airline Pilot Sr. Commander with an International Airline, today i visited your outlet at Clarke Quay, Singapore, and was speaking to some friends while they were drinking (I was not drinking alcohol not even beer, i repeat i was not drinking, that is why to verify my soberness i am writing this right after my return from the Cube Libre, Clarke Quay) and to my surprise one of your bulky Security in charge came towards me, and pushed me aside and told me that step aside as he needs the table, i told him "please don't push me, and speak verbally" and i got an reply you come outside and i will show you, by showing me his hands and showing his anger by grinding his teeth, he charged towards me.   There were some of the female guests at your outlet one namely Anna, from Yorkshire UK, who were drinking at that time, the act was so violent that M/s Anna, came up to him and intervened else it seemed your Security staff was going to Abuse me physically.   The security staff infact told her to clear the tables as well, she replied that we have bought the drinks from your outlet and she has couple of sips and she will finish them and leave, but was told you take the drinks outside but leave now.   She asked for the manager who repeated the same words as narrated by your security.   Quiet Surprisingly i have never seen such ill mannered staff at any place on this planet, obviously she got infuriated and said to your Security please mind your language and behave properly with people around your bar, but the security person misbehaved further, and finally miss Anna told him that this is no way to behave with people, just because you are on steroids and muscular you cannot behave rudely with your guests.   But to my surprise the security staff, almost pushed me and other lady guests from the premises, just because he had to clear the tables, is that what an Asian hospitality is known for.   i understand you have a well established business, but if your staff continues to misbehave, you will be left with no other option than to wait for customers while they will turn up at other places, due to rudeness of your employees.   i will end on this note, and wish your organisation good luck in the future,   Warm Regards, Capt Pawan Kumar  
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10 Sep 2011 • 40 reviews • 1 follower

Usally pretty good, last time not so...

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Cuba Libre is usually a vivacious subsection of the Clarke Quay circus of prefab culture. I can rarely tolerate the ridiculous spectical that CQ has become anymore, but when there and hungy I sometimes stop by Cube Libre.

 

The Pollo....the Grilled Chicken Breast with Cuban rice is a good, reasonable meal, and I’ve had it a few times at Cuba Libre. And I’d come back for more.

 

On the last visit however the chicken was undercooked (parts were raw). And there was loud, screaming Hoobastank-like (or other cliché and long-unfashionable) awful music blaring uncomfortably loud, especially for a dinner crowd. And why that outdated music?, this is a Cuban place, and Cuban music is excellent.

 

The service has become a bit spacey, having had to repeat simple orders 3 and 4 times, a repeatedly bewildered waitress, not getting water, food coming at different times, etc.

 

But the worst part is that the wait staff nor bar staff did not have the common sense to take the customer’s obvious discomfort of the loud music, into consideration. Thankfully a person at another table, who was also rolling her eyes, requested they lower it, but that was well after they should have noticed. I was just about to ask the same thing myself.

 

And get this – they don’t have provision for take-away, so if the generous portions are too much for you at that time, you’re stuck to leave it or force yourself to eat it.

 

So if the music is playing at a reasonable level, we may stop by again. But not if it’s not.

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