Conflict Kitchen’s Cuban Paladar
Dining at its best should be enriching — your palate introduced to new flavors and your mind engaged with thoughtful dialogue. Dinner at Conflict Kitchen’s Cuban Paladar was a textbook example on both points.So, what is this whole paladar business? Conflict Kitchen’s Paladar takes its name from home-based restaurants in Cuba. Citizens can operate a restaurant, seating up to 12 people at one time, inside their homes. Conflict Kitchen’s Paladar was no different — a dozen of us gathered around a dining room table in a Point Breeze home, including artist and Conflict Kitchen founder, Jon Rubin. FYI! Conflict Kitchen operates as a social practice art project with the intention to engage customers with food and thoughts on countries in conflict with the United States. While Conflict Kitchen waits for its relocation from East Liberty to Downtown, a paladar was a natural fit. Our dining partners were from all corners of the world — the UK, Mexico, Germany, and Pittsburgh (heyyyy). After everyone was introduced, and introduced to some mojitos, table discussion turned lively. New friends for all!
The Cuban inspired five-course meal was as good as the company. Chef Robert Sayre introduced each course with an explanation of the dish’s connection to Cuba. While each course was divine, the real standouts included the avocado salad (I don’t even like avocado — I usually request that it be left off of sandwiches) and the tres leches cake. The avocado salad was a legit plate full of avocado with onions and fresh mint. The mint added intrigue and the avocado was perfectly fresh. The tres leches cake… well… just look at that masterpiece below. Little cake of goodness!Mandy and I were both satisfied Paladar customers! Though we have to admit, we did feel like we fell off the smart train a couple of times throughout the evening. Our dining companions were an accomplished group, y’all. I can tell you the name of Jessica Simpson’s baby, but I don’t know the first thing about foreign policy. Time to get to reading…
Conflict Kitchen is holding a December Paladar on Saturday, December 8. Two seatings are available at 6 and 8:30PM. More information here.