The name ‘Alma De Cuba’ conjoured up images of sexy Latin rhythms, exotic cocktails and a sultry atmosphere. We’re pleased to report that it certainly lived up to our expectations! Billing themselves as ‘Liverpool’s most spectacular restaurant and bar,’ Alma De Cuba certainly offers something very different.
Set inside a former Catholic church, dating back to 1788, the action of drinking and eating indulgently inside such a place feels wrong yet so right! We were seated upstairs in the Gallery restaurant, with opulent chandeliers and low lighting emitting a sultry, sexy atmosphere.
A starter of Spiced Tempura of King Prawns with Harissa and Mango Relish arrived. The prawns, arranged on a skewer were fat and juicy, the crunch of the tempura batter making them even more delectable! The batter was delicious although slightly heavy and a tad ‘doughy.’ The Harissa offered a touch of heat while the mango relish provided the sweetness the dish needed.
Apologies for the lack of quality in the photographs. The low lighting made it quite diffucult to get a good shot with our iphones!
A main course of Crispy Peking Duck with Spring Onion, Rice Pancakes and a Honey and Soy Glaze provided an extremely generous portion of shredded duck. The duck was cooked beautifully, the crispy skin being the best part! The portion size was fantastic, making around 7 (very full!) pancakes. The spring onion gave the duck pancakes a lovely cool, refreshing edge, offsetting the honey and soy glaze perfectly.
With one of us (Dee) being gluten free, this often causes challenges when dining out. Often, restaurants will only offer one or two gluten free dishes but Alma De Cuba really surprised us in this respect. They have an ENTIRE seperate gluten free menu and Dee was in her element! The gluten free chicken dish looked like a work of art when it arrived.
Despite the huge amount of crispy duck consumed, one item on the dessert menu jumped out immediately. Dark Chocolate and Orange Fudge Spring Rolls with Praline Coated Farmhouse Vanilla Ice Cream were luxuriously rich and creamy. The chocolate fudge melted in the mouth and the praline coated ice cream was a lovely refreshing accompaniment.
As it was Tracey’s birthday, to finish off the meal came Colin the Caterpillar! Courtesy of Tesco of course as although Alma De Cuba was amazing, they don’t provide Caterpillar cake!