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Restaurant Review: Alma de Cuba

Full Disclosure:  I paid for this meal with my own money and I was in no way reimbursed for this blog post.  The opinions are completely my own.

Prior last weekend for the Healthy Living Summit, I had never been to Philadelphia.  Really, the only things that I knew about it was that it was famous for Philly Cheese steak’s and the Liberty Bell. I had no idea that the restaurant scene there was so huge. There was a large variety of locally owned restaurants within walking distance of our hotel.

The first night I was there, I went to dinner with a small group of bloggers at Alma de Cuba.  A huge thank you to Allison who is local to Philly and set up this reservation for us!

Alma de Cuba offers Cuban and Latin American cuisine.  This is definitely not somewhere that I would choose to go on my own, however, sometimes the best meals are when they are unexpected.  Also, I wasn’t going to throw my picky choices at everyone else and make them choose a restaurant around me…..I am trying to expand my food horizons….really.

The restaurant itself is dimly lit, with a touch of cultural accents.  It felt very classy – but not like I had to be wearing a fancy dress and heels to fit in.

Alma Plates

To drink, I started off with the Sangria Primavera – Spanish white wine, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, citrus fruits and fresh pears.  I’m a big fan of Sangria, but this was just ok.  It was definitely full of alcohol though, just not very fruity tasting like other Sangria’s that I have enjoyed in the past.

Alma Sangria

Shortly after drinks were served, we all got a couple pieces of bread.  This bread was delicious and I definitely could have made a meal out of it.  I don’t remember exactly what they said was in it, but it was soft doughy bread with cheese running through it.  As a cheese and bread lover, it was amazing.

Alma Bread

For my entree, I ordered the Maine Diver Scallops: “chicharros” puree, serrano ham-potato hash, oregano butter.  Thank goodness for Google, or I would not have known that “chicharros” really just meant peas.

Alma Scallops

I’ve mentioned before that I am a huge fan of scallops, and have experienced the good as well as the bad when it comes to ordering scallops at restaurants. Luckily, these were definitely part of the good.  They were perfectly cooked and deliciously seasoned.  The sauce was buttery, but not over the top and the presentation was fantastic.  The puree and hash weren’t bad either.

Taste: A, really the only slightly disappointing part was the Sangria, everything else was great.
Cost: B, it was a bit pricey – I believe my entree was $29.  This isn’t somewhere I would go every day, but it was a nice place to go while I was in town.

Would I go there again? I’m not sure.  As much as I enjoyed it, it isn’t so unique that I feel like I would need to go there if I was in town again in the future.

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