Mark C on Trip Advisor
9 years ago
06/18/2012, 05:12 AM
I was really looking forward to trying out this new Cuban parlor/restaurant in the Lake Merritt area. We need the variety in this neighborhood. I first tried it in its to-go counter. Ordered the empanadas and the pork dish. The food was good, but the prices I think was too much! It didn't seem to be good value for the money then.
They finally opened the restaurant side months later and I always believe in second chances, so my partner and I went in for dinner. The atmosphere was ok, they were busy. We thought the place was loud, not from the music but from the noise of the different conversations. Hard to really talk over the table. Our waitress started out friendly enough and took our orders promptly. However, she made a mistake with my drink, instead of a berry Mojito, she gave me the standard, which would have been ok if the drink was any good at all! I was really shocked that their Mojito was not up to par. I have Cuban friends and they prepare this drink for us all the time and of course I got into a habit of ordering Mojitos from other places too. Cana's mojito is one of the worst I've tasted, sorry to say.
We ordered several dishes including appetizers. One of the smaller dish also come along with the main entree'. Our waitress forgot to bring in the appetizer and when we inquired later, she said she thought we only ordered the entree with the side dish. We let that go, but the crazy thing was as we were finishing up, she brought in the first one that we ordered and made it sound like that she was giving up a "comp" so we can taste it anyway. Of course, we found out later that the "comp" was actually included in our bill. What?
The food was nothing special. The service was ridiculous. Maybe stick with the to-go counter- if they ever have a half-off discount.