Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Versailles- The Cuban Gem
You might have passed this restaurant many times, not even glancing twice at it. But if you were to pass by in the evening you might also see lines out the door. This Cuban gem now has five locations across LA, there is one in West LA, Culver City, Encino, Manhattan Beach, and Universal Citywalk.

When you walk into the crowded restaurant you are consumed by the smells of their famous garlic sauce. The simply decorated, unselfconscious dining room is full of pictures of Cuba and waiters running around. *Warning: don't plan on going out after dinner without showering and brushing your teeth first.*
Most dishes are served with rice, black beans and fried plantains. Make sure you get fried plantains with your meal because they are AMAZING. The most popular dish on the menu is their roast chicken with the garlic and onion sauce (number 7 on the menu). I prefer 7a which is a grilled chicken version of the same thing. Portion sizes are huge! Enough to split with someone- and the prices are very reasonable. If you've never tried yucca I recommend trying the fried yucca- they might even be better than french fries.

Don't be scared off by the long lines- people get in and out very quickly. Go to their website for the full menu and more information. Versailles' Website

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