Versailles Cuban Restaurant, Little Havana, Miami – Review
“You have to try Versailles,” several people told me when I asked about the best Cuban restaurant in Miami’s Little Havana section. They pronounced it in the manner of Louis XIV but locals say “Ver-say-ez,” more in the manner of José Martí.
There was a line forming, my dining companion and I were quite hungry, and the hostess advised it would be a 15-20 minute wait. I need not have been concerned as I heard “Paul” ring out five minutes later.
Inside, I could begin to see the Versailles connection. The décor was a bit downscale compared to the palace in France, but with chandeliers, gilt-framed mirrors, and cafeteria-style tables and chairs that belied its 1971 origins, I understood what they were going for.
We came for brunch but decided to skip the breakfast-style offerings, such as pancakes or eggs, for something more substantial and Cuban. After much deliberation, we ordered the “Classic,” a sampler plate, and a Saturday special, Cuban Style Macaroni.
Of course, we started with two double Cuban espressos, shots of espresso that are sweetened with demerara sugar while being brewed. We both found them addictive, and ordered two more in the café/bakery next door.
The meal began with Cuban garlic toast, which was simply excellent. Both entrées arrived at the same time and were generous in size. The Classic was served with white rice, black beans, “Picadillo” ground beef, roast pork, sweet plantains, a ham croquette, a Cuban tamale, and cassava (yucca) with “Cuban mojo,” a preparation that included citrus, onions, garlic, and spices.
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