Fodor's Expert Review Restaurante Don Qko

$ Cardenas Cuban Fodor's Choice
Pronounced "Cuco," this excellent Cuban restaurant is hidden off a dusty side street in a surprise oasis of tropical plants and shrubs. Tables are arranged around a curvaceous pool and in a chic dining room that's decorated in black and white. As refreshing and attractive as the decor and setting are, the main event here is the innovative Cuban cuisine, creatively building on traditional dishes. A delectable starter of "tostones" takes typical fried, mashed plantains and raises it to a whole new level, forming plantain tarts filled with minced pork and melted cheese, and served with a sweet and sour sauce. A main course of Asado con sabor y tradicion is pork, slow-roasted, then simmered in red wine and garlic. For dessert, try the light, fluffy cloud of coconut flan, with caramelized fresh coconut. The separate bar is straight out of the 1960s, with swivel stools and yellow and black leather banquettes. The iced daiquiri is perfection. Service is polished and friendly and the owner, Alexe, is an enthusiastic, obliging host. A daily lunch special here, including appetizer, main course of chicken or meat, plus sides and a drink will set you back only CUC$6.25.
Cuban Sophisticated Lunch Dinner $ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

Av. Céspedes, main street through town, esq. de Calle 21
Cárdenas, Matanzas Province  42110, Cuba

-4552–4572

Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Tues.

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