February 6, 2005 7

Mercedes Cuban Grille (Marina del Rey)

By in 14: Marina del Rey

DSC02179.jpgDSC02188.jpgDiscovered a new area right by the Marina del Rey beach (see previous entry) where there’re many restaurants, horrible surfer beach clothes and bike rental. We chose this Cuban & Caribbean place. The dishes sound creative, especially the seafood entree…but they are too pricey. ($18+, a bit guilty high for a regular work day lunch). So we ordered ‘from the land.’ All entrees served with rice, black beans and plantains. Roasted Cuban Pork $8.5 smothered in garlic & citrus with grilled onions. The meat is a bit dry and the sauce sour because of the citrus.

DSC02187.jpgDSC02189.jpgPan Roasted Stuffed Jerk Plum Chicken $12 with cranberry walnut cornbread stuffing. Very yummy! The chicken is not dry at all, and love the stuffing (that alone stuffed my stomach full).

Mercedes Cuban Grille (310) 577-0035
Cuban, Caribbean, Latin American
14 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey CA 90292

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7 Responses to “Mercedes Cuban Grille (Marina del Rey)”

  1. seat says:

    Wow, the chicken does look amazing!! (*o*)
    It is work day lunch? So you went with your colleagues? How come you can try both of the dishes?
    I somehow get the impression that Freda gets to go to a lot of restaurants without Joan. ^^;;;;;

  2. Freda says:

    I always taste a bite of other people’s dishes ^^;; yeah I have the camera with me so the “Food: West LA” section is building up fast ^^;;; So sometimes Joan will go out for lunch over at Hollywood but didn’t get to take pictures of them…pity… so she’s discourage to go out to eat (or just eat crappy food not worth pictures). BUT the downside: I’m getting fatter and fatter~~ I’m feeling yeet-hey and unhealthy, while Joan is losing weight and feeling more healthy than I ^^;;; Especially after this cuban meal I finally feel sick (too heavy) that I decide to tone down my lunch consumption from now on.

  3. Eileen says:

    There’s this Cuban restaurant on Main Street (Alhambra). It’s pretty good. You should try it! ^^

  4. seat says:

    Ahahaha~~~~poor Joan! ^^;;;; Take turn to use the camera lor, or better even, buy a new digital camera ma, I am sure it will come in useful – both of you might need it at the same time in the future~~~(it was a shame that Joan didn’t have a camera when she came to Japan for intern!)

    I too will feel ill if I have French/Italian everyday, so I make a rule for myself, must alternate between Western and Eastern(Asian, Japanese etc)food, so my diet can be a bit more balanced. I have been going to organic cafe once in a while…just to be healthy and be on a diet temporarily. ^^;;;

  5. Joan says:

    Ha yeah I need a digital camera too.

    Eileen, what’s the name of that cuban restaurant at Alhambra? There are many great Cuban restaurants in LA, I reviewed some of them before. Check out my old entries on Xiomara and Atlantic Cafe in Old town Pasadena, also Prado from Larchmont. Also Cha Cha Cha from Silverlake is very good as well.

  6. Freda says:

    Oh I know which one, there’s one Cuban restaurant next to Nucleus.

  7. Freda says:

    Yeah that seem like heavy duty when you were HK, once you’re back in Japan you seem to have more asian so far than french/italian..haha~ I’ll start my salad/soup cleansing diet for couple weeks ^^;; I’ve been craving Thai (real ones from Thai town), Vietnamese or simple wonton and Japanese ramen for lunch recently, too much sandwich and western food~