Last Update
Feb 7th, 2017

Sabores

1417 E Commercial Blvd
Oakland Park FL, 33334
(954) 351-7743
Overall Rating
3.0
Food
Service
Ambiance
Value
Last Review
12/22/2016

Details

Hours: 7 Days 11am-11pm
Dress Code: Casual
Parking: Private Lot
CC: Yes
Outdoor: No
Reservations: Yes
Delivery: No

Pros

Free Parking
Comfortable Restaurant
Good Lunch Specials

Cons

Slow Service
Basic Recipes

Critic's Review

This place didn't last long. It looks like he flipped the place.

Review 12/22/16

I usually avoid places with zero online presence to avoid having to walk out when I see the menu, but I figured that Cuban food was pretty safe. The previous place, Fuego Latino was never really great or terrible, but something new is badly needed around here. I got to Sabores just after 2pm, mainly because of an accident on 95. Try to take a different route and this town and you get slammed every time.

No cars as usual; the only changes here are the sign. Take one down and slap up another.

1 table occupied, which was always the case this time of day when it was Fuego. No hostess; all booths. Just sit where you want.

It's actually a pretty nice restaurant as Cuban places go; I've never seen any non-employee sitting in the back at lunch.

Chips arrive right away. The chips were fresh. The salsa seemed like some tomatoes and cilantro tossed into a blender.

Soft Spanish language music plays. As I'm eating the chips I get the impression that the new owner probably doesn't really know how to cook. This salsa wasn't even marginally intuitive.

The owners congregate at the front bar while a girl works the tables. No WiFi of course.

Now one thing about Ropa Vieja is that it takes hours to make, so there's nothing to prepare .You make a big pot of it in the morning and let it simmer all day. I was eating more chips than usual; after 10 minutes the girl brings out the orders from the other table. Still waiting on mine.

A full 15 minutes after ordering, the food comes out.

A decent haul for $7.99. I don't remember if I was ever offered yellow rice at Fuego. The salad was a surprise; sometimes they'll offer a salad instead of the plantains, but a salad is never include with these lunch specials.

The ropa was mush; the recipes here are strictly inherited from the previous place. The taste was good, but the meat was completely broken down. It takes a LONG time for tough meat like flank steak to break down this much, so they're using something cheaper.

The salad was an incompetent concoction of stuff with no dressing; you can't eat lettuce without dressing. A nice idea but as I mentioned before, these people don't actually know how to cook.

A lot of pretty good tasting food for less than a bad omelet at Kitchen 420. $10.37 before tip.

Conclusion

Sometimes when you expect the worst, your lowered expectations raise the experience. After eating junk at Rubio's yesterday, a big plate of tasty slop was well received. Chips are back. I don't know how they can make any money giving you all this food for $7.99; it's as good a deal as you'll find in Eastern Fort Lauderdale.

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