The menu consists of various sandwiches, ensaladas and tapas, which are small, Spanish savory dishes. From these choices, customers get an option of trying these Cuban classics in either nuevo (new) or viejo (old) style entrees. These entrees include seafood such as shrimp and fish, or can also come with chicken and beef.
The Viejo Cubanos entrees include savory black beans, regular rice and a side of yuca, a Spanish root-vegetable similar to a potato. The Nuevo Cubanos entrees are served with coconut rice and mashed boniato, which is a baked Cuban sweet potato.
As I was browsing through the menu, my eyes were mostly focusing on the seafood entrees, since I am a fan of fish. But, it was nice to see that they offer a wide variety of poultry and meat dishes as well.
The Bahama coconut fish seemed to be the most delightful, especially because you have an option of either getting the whole fish or a filet. The fish is toasted with coconut and includes tropical salsa, which is both sweet and sour.
After pondering the menu, I decided to order the Bahama coconut fish and the whole red snapper. It looked like a lot, so I decided to split it with my sister. The coconut rice and black beans made for a perfect combination, especially once I mixed the black bean gravy with the coconut rice.
It was delicious. Both the coconut fish and red snapper were crunchy yet tender. As I took the first bite of the red snapper, it was juicy and the skin was oily from the fryer. The texture of the fish also felt moist and soft.
Montclair State students and people who live in the area should visit Cuban Pete’s as it includes a variety of Cuban and Spanish-style dishes. Even vegetarians can enjoy the restaurant with their vegetarian dishes and desserts.
The prices for the entrees were a bit high, but this is a good place to try something new and split a seafood dish with a friend. All the desserts are $5 and you have an option of getting either pudding or a custard pie.
Cuban Pete’s is open seven days a week, from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays, they are open until midnight.