Sandwich Showcase: Cuban Doner at Tom’s Little Havana

A “Cuban Doner” sounds like a cross between a cuban sandwich and a donair (or more appropriately, a doner kebap). In reality, it does neither sandwich any justice. It bears no resemblance to the Cuban sandwich – the name is merely playing on the “Havana” reference in the bar’s name. The beef is also not cooked on a spit, as required by the definition of “doner”. Instead, it is sautéed with pickle, onion and tomato. It is served in a crispy pita with tzatziki sauce, fresh parsley and melted cheese (the latter is not mentioned on the menu but is definitely present).

Tom's Cuban Doner 3

Some of the toppings spilled out and there was some dripping, but the structural integrity is mainly impressive for a sandwich of this nature.

And it’s delicious. Great flavours are happening here (you must like pickles), and my only complaint is that I found the beef, though generous, to be under-seasoned and chewy in places. Otherwise – fantastic. I was sad when the sandwich was gone.

The Cuban Doner stands alone at $11.50, but you can add the soup-of-the-day or a salad for $2.50. I had a curried cauliflower soup.

Tom's Cuban Doner 2While I would return for this sandwich, I suspect that the Blackened Chicken Panini warrants a Sandwich Showcase of its own. To be continued!

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