Cana (Oakland)

Date Night: 05.18.13 @ 6.45 PM

Cana is a Cuban-inspired restaurant in Oakland. (Cana just recently opened a new restaurant on Florida Street in San Francisco.)  On a warm and lovely day like last Saturday, Cana was the perfect place to be. It is just right across from the beautiful Lake Merritt.

With the too-loud Cuban music blaring in the background, Cana’s ambiance is relaxed and fun.  The decor was a reflection of the African influence on the Cuban culture.

I M B I B E :

SANGRIA: A well-made and strong red sangria. Very nice, not sweet and smooth!

E A T S :

CEVICHE VERADERO $13

Refreshing appetizer of halibut, grilled pineapple, avocado, leche de tigre, served over plantain chips

ROPA VIEJA $20

I had to try this traditional Cuban dish of shredded skirt steak and riojo sofrita. This dish was an explosion of robust flavors!

LECHON ASADO $20

My Carnivore beat me to this dish of slow-cooked pork meat. The meat was very tender, moist of so full of pork flavors. Very good as well!

Tostones $4

This side dish of twice-fried plantains with garlic dipping sauce was slightly greasy but the sauce was so garlicky that you are guaranteed to not be bit by a vampire.

CHECK: $92 with tip and 2 lemonades

Alas, we could not find room for dessert. Portions were so huge that I struggled to finish my plate. I thought we might be going to the movies after dinner that I did not want to waste the leftovers. In the end we decided to back home and watch more TV.

Cana was delicious and I would like to go back again!

FUTURE EATS:

Paella Valenciana and Sandwich Cubano

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