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Monday, October 28, 2013

Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

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The last time I went to Zafra's was in March this year. We went there few times before, but that time, it was to drink their hot chocolate with machica that was ranked number 15 of the best hot chocolate in the US! We tried it and it was delicious, however, we were out of luck because their fryer was not working and they could not prepare some of the dishes we wanted to order. 
image of lime at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

So we decided to go back for a Sunday brunch! The place was crowded: normal, considering it is a very popular restaurant in Hoboken!
image of Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

I love this colorful tiny place, that serves some delicious Cuban and Latin food crafted by Chef Maricel Presilla!
image of Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

Of course, we started off with the hot chocolate:
image of Hot chocolate with machica at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

It was fantastic! Not too sweet, it had this fantastic flavor that emanated from the cinnamon.

Then, we decided to start with arepitas con queso, small arepas with cheese:

image of Arepitas con queso at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

We got three of them, served with creme fraiche and salsa. It was very good: I love the taste and texture of the corn flower. The cheese was probably queso blanco. It was a great, inexpensive appetizer, perfect for sharing.

Then, Jodi ordered the Carimañolas con Huevos or Yuca Cheese Croquettes with two fried eggs:
image of Carimañolas con Huevos or Yuca Cheese Croquettes with two fried eggs at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

It was served with pressed buttered Cuban bread that was delicious. It was an ok dish: the croquettes were a bit dough-y.
image of Carimañolas con Huevos or Yuca Cheese Croquettes with two fried eggs at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

On my side, I ordered the Tortilla de Huevos y Maduros  or egg and ripe plantain omelet:
image of huevos with maduros at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

It was served with the same Cuban bread. I liked it, but would have liked a bit of cheese or cream to jazz up the dish a bit. However, the omelet was perfectly made.
image of huevos with maduros at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

We were hesitating to get dessert, when they brought us their tres leches, complimentary, because we accepted to switch tables to accommodate a large party.
image of Tres leches cake at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

It was a nice gesture that we could not refuse! And trust me: we would have been crazy to refuse! It was delicious!
image of Tres leches cake at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

It had this thick layer of meringue on top that was flambéed, and then, in the bottom, was the sponge cake that was drowned in the milk mix. This was fantastic: tasty and not sweet at all! Needless to say we finished it!
image of Tres leches cake at Zafra's in Hoboken, NJ

I will definitely go back there to try some other dishes. If you do go to Zafra's, I suggest the hot chocolate and the tres leches cake!

Enjoy (I did)!    

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