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NE1 Reviews: Castro's

Tucked away on Hood Street, Castro's is one of the Toon’s swankiest spots when it comes to colourful cocktails, authentic latin flavours and a vibrant atmosphere. NE1 popped in for a tremendous tasting experience...

 

Castro’s is the place for small plates, sharing platters and authentic Cuban mains that offer a delicious mix of dishes, flavours and tipples unlike anywhere else in the city. Taking over the former site of Beeronomy, the team have added their stamp on this old bank vault and we can confirm it is a grand design. It's enticing, intimate without that sense you're sitting on top of fellow diners and the vibrant finish makes for a cosy affair.

Having access to some of the best Cuban produce around, you expect the food here to be top-notch - and it is. We kicked things off with a pick of delectable nibbles - jalapeño bites (£4.50), rum-soaked chicken (£4.50) and pan-fried calamari (£4.50) with zingy green chilli, fresh lime, ginger shavings and topped with garlic and coriander.

 

 

Next up, a tasty meat and fish (£20) sharing plate packed with octopus, pulled pork croquettes, river shrimp, squid and patatas bravas with a sumptuous side of garlicky mojo verdeto dip away at. Into your tipples? Then you'll love it at Castro’s, as cocktails are the name of the game here. The blood orange mai tai (£8) is deliciously sweet and packs a tangy punch, the el solero (£8) is delightful and brimming with Latin flavours, and the pineapple mimosa (£7.50) is a fizzy creation of the highest quality.

After devouring our way through sharing plates and small dishes, we dive into Castro’s take on a ropa vieja (£12) a Cuban classic that features heaps of slow-cooked shredded beef, refried kidney beans, yellow rice, sautéed peppers and fried onions. A true standout dish!

 

 

Looking for something sweet to finish? Look no further than Castro’s signature dish, the Cuban sundae (£6.50). It’s an idyllic ice cream float topped with rum punch, chunks of pineapple, cocoa nibs, meringue and a healthy dollop of rum & raisin ice cream.

There’s a palette-cleansing wild berry & mango sorbet (£6.50) to sample, a seriously indulgent dark chocolate mousse (£6.50) if you still have space for more, a bowl of warm, cinnamon churros (£6.50) with dulce de leche dipping sauce will send you on your merry way. A cool new hangout packed full of Latin Vibes, good people and tasty treats, head here next time that November weather has you feeling down and you’ll soon be transported to a tropical foodie paradise!

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