El Oriental de Cuba is located in the Jamaica Plain’s area of Boston. It features Cuban food in a quaint and cozy location. The moment you step into the restaurant you are taken aback from the delicious aromas coming from the kitchen. On this occasion I ordered the Grilled Skirt Steak (Bistec a la Parilla) with white rice, black beans and sweet plantains while my friend ordered the Shredded Beef (Ropa Vieja). Both entrees were very tasty and well prepared. I also had the Passion Fruit smoothie as my drink which was very fresh.
More importantly, I tried the Tres Leche Cake for dessert. Tres Leche is a milk dessert that is typically made in three parts: cake, filling and topping. It is usually comprised of three milks (tres leche)- evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream. At times whole milk may be used as well. The milk mixture is poured over a sponge/butter cake to the point it is moist.
El Oriental de Cuba’s version of Tres Leche was very moist and milky. The cake sat in a bed of condensed milk. The topping was a creamy frosting garnished with a cherry and orange slice. This was the first time I tried a Tres Leche cake but it will definitely not be my last. DELISH!