The Girlfriend and I were staying at the Hilton just off of Monument Circle, and while we were lucky enough to get an early check in we hadn't really had time that morning to really eat much for breakfast or lunch. We knew that if we didn't eat we'd be pretty hungry before food was served at the reception. I had run some ideas by The Girlfriend, but neither her nor I were really feeling any of the close by options (pizza etc). Also, being that the heat was quite oppressive and we were dressed in nice clothes we didn't want to have to walk too far just to get food. Just about the time we had resigned ourselves to starving until the reception I decided to take a short walk to hotel parking garage to get our mini-umbrella in case of a pop-up shower. On my journey I spied TATA Cuban Cafe right across from the parking garage on Market St and knew I had to stop in.
From the outside it looked quite dark and I was a little unsure of whether or not they were still open for the day, but I decided to head on in anyway and I was pleasantly surprised. The inside of the restaurant was small but comfortable and elegant. Had circumstances been different I would have suggested we dine in, but given the circumstances I told the nice lady at the counter my order would be to go. Being that this was, in my estimation, a pretty authentic Cuban restaurant I immediately searched for the Cuban sandwich on the menu. Sure enough it was the first item listed. I quickly made up my mind to go with the classic combination of roast pork, ham, pickles and mustard pressed between to pieces of hearty bread.
I stood there waiting on the counter for longer than I expected for my sandwich to come out, but I saw that there was a lot of tlc being put into my single sandwich. Each layer was carefully constructed and the ham was freshly charred ever so slightly on the flat top. Maybe it was just the heat, but I could have swore my mouth was literally watering when I saw that bad boy go into the sandwich press. It was politely boxed up for me with 2 Diet Cokes to wash it down and I walked it back to our room to enjoy.
|Maybe The Girlfriend should be a professional hand model.|
|If you're thinking the sandwich looks small there is another 2 pieces underneath|
Taste 8.5/10 Wonderful in it's simplicity. If you've never had a Cuban sandwich before give this one a shot. Also, if you work downtown and you haven't dropped in here for lunch you're missing out.
Value 7/10 With one sandwich and 2 cans of Diet Coke our total bill came to just over 12 dollars. For a two person lunch that's pretty good in my opinion for such quality food. If you're ordering for yourself 1 sandwich would probably be a little much in both quantity of food and price.