We go to Alma de Cuba every time we are in Philly (about once a year). The atmosphere is still fun, the decorations perfect, and the service excellent. I had two mojitos, the first was their jefe, and it was good. The second was their clasico and it was stupendous -- made me understand why this drink had become so popular. We started with two different empanadas, one crab and one meat. instead of one (or 2) large pastries they served multiple smaller ones. Both very tasty. For mains, my wife had a broiled bronzino that was cooked and accompanied to perfection. I had the seafood paella. All the seafood (shrimp, mussels, squid etc) was cooked perfectly but the rice (white) had no special flavor. Maybe i was expecting a perfume of Valencia. Desserts: my wife had the spicy chocolate which was complex with bits of churros integrated into it, and themselves spiced with cinnamon among other things. By the time she finished she found it a bit overwhelming, said that she felt like a dragon. My dessert was sorbet (as i am lactose intolerant) and they served a mango sorbet accompanied by fresh fruits that was sensational.
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