Cocina Bandito @140 William – Perth CBD

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Our beautiful city of Perth continues to surprise me with the quality of new bars and restaurants. There’s been no let up in openings, it still seems like there’s a hip new place opening weekly. I headed into the city to one such opening – Cocina Bandito – a pop up bar at the 140 William precinct. Cocina Bandito is expected to be around for two or three months, it’s by the people behind the Classroom Bar.IMG_8502

The Cuban bar is absolutely popping with colour and personality. It reminds me a little of a food truck, the way the kitchen and servery is set up. This is good news as I’ve been dreaming of eating a cubano since watching the movie “Chef”.IMG_8521

There were latin beats, good vibes and ice cold cocktails – I couldn’t go past a summery mojito – a favourite of mine. This minty mojito was spot on!IMG_8505 IMG_8514

The Tortilla chips with guacamole got our taste buds warmed up, and you can’t get more street food than serving it on a street sign!IMG_8507

The menu is small, but perfectly formed. We got to try most of it – the deep fried morsels of Cuban rice were to die for! I can admit I had more than one…IMG_8518

I was WAY too chicken to try the “Death sauce” – super spicy salsa served in a pistol! Thanks Mel (Take me to foodie heaven) for being my lovely hand model! IMG_8513

I was so happy to get my mitts on a “Bay of Pigs” traditional Cubano Roast pork belly sandwich. Oh my goodness – this was absolutely scrumptious! Layers of ham and cheese were draped over the pork belly with pickles adding zing and lashings of mustard too. Wow – I was really impressed and made a mental note to come back for a large Cubano very soon!  IMG_8522

The pop up bar isn’t here for long – so make sure you visit before they say adios! Thanks to Caitlin and Zara for another fab event and the Kitchen Bandits – my first Cuban experience was absolutely delicious.IMG_8497

Viva Havana!IMG_8520

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