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“Great Cuban food”
Review of Coral de Cuba

Coral de Cuba
Ranked #1,141 of 2,540 Restaurants in Edmonton
Price range: USD 8 - USD 12
Cuisines: Cuban, Vietnamese, Canadian
Description: Cuban cuisine is a blend of Native American Taino food, Spanish, African, and Caribbean cuisines. Some Cuban recipes share spices and techniques with Spanish and African cooking, with some Caribbean influence in spice and flavor. This results in a unique, interesting and flavorful blend of the several different cultural influences, with strong similarities with the cuisine of the neighboring Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.As a result of the colonization of Cuba by Spain, one of the main influences on the cuisine is from Spain. Along with Spain, other culinary influences include Africa, from the Africans that were brought to Cuba as slaves, and French, from the French colonists that came to Cuba from Haiti.Another important factor is that Cuba itself is an island, making seafood something that greatly influences Cuban cuisine. Another contributing factor to Cuban cuisine is the fact that Cuba is in a tropical climate. The tropical climate produces fruits and root vegetables that are used in Cuban dishes and meals. A typical meal would consist of rice and beans, cooked together or apart.
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Description: Cuban cuisine is a blend of Native American Taino food, Spanish, African, and Caribbean cuisines. Some Cuban recipes share spices and techniques with Spanish and African cooking, with some Caribbean influence in spice and flavor. This results in a unique, interesting and flavorful blend of the several different cultural influences, with strong similarities with the cuisine of the neighboring Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.As a result of the colonization of Cuba by Spain, one of the main influences on the cuisine is from Spain. Along with Spain, other culinary influences include Africa, from the Africans that were brought to Cuba as slaves, and French, from the French colonists that came to Cuba from Haiti.Another important factor is that Cuba itself is an island, making seafood something that greatly influences Cuban cuisine. Another contributing factor to Cuban cuisine is the fact that Cuba is in a tropical climate. The tropical climate produces fruits and root vegetables that are used in Cuban dishes and meals. A typical meal would consist of rice and beans, cooked together or apart.
Reviewed 24 July 2015

A fairly new restaurant, at the East end of the city. They serve Cuban & Vietnamese food.
We tried the Cuban dishes. I had "Ropa vieja", which is roasted shredded beef. served with "Moros y cristianos" (rice with black beans) & salad. Very tasty, a little bit on the salty side.
The people there were very nice, they explained the different dishes at our request, so, we could chose.
The place itself is very attractive, not too big, cozy, lots of windows.
An interesting place to try something different.
I believe they are the only Cuban restaurant in town.
Worth a visit..

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Thank Nonnita02
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

This restaurant features Vietnamese and Cuban food. So of course when we went we had a mix of both. The appetizers were asian and the meal cuban. Both were delicious and we (there were 3 of us) were pleasantly surprised with this find. We will go again.

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Reviewed 12 July 2014

What a hidden gem! I love the spring rolls, green onion cakes and salad rolls! The vermicelli is great too. Everyone in my office loves this place and order regularly.

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3  Thank CanadianCritique
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

I was there yesterday to watch the opening of the World Cup, great time great service, but today will be the night to remember as Chile plays Australia and they promise to have some favorite Chilean dishes for us. They do have great food and service, as well at night time it turns into a great Latin Dance venue. Come out and check it out, they also have free Latin Dance lessons.

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1  Thank Pedro D
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

We used to visit this place when it was Vi's Fusion since it is located immediately west of the university my husband teaches at. When it was sold to a Cuban family and we heard they still were planning on keeping the Vietnamese menu we were a bit dubious about how it would be. I am happy to say that the Vietnamese food is just as good (disappointed however that Ginger Beef is not on the menu any more) and the Cuban items are really yummy too. They have expanded their lounge area and now offer Salsa dancing on Saturday evenings. This is a fun example of a fusion cafe, well worth the visit. Friendly service, eclectic decor and great food for a good price. The map here on Trip Advisor is not at all accurate about the location. The restaurant is on the east end of the city.

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1  Thank suitscase
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