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The Lost History of Cuban-Chinese Cuisine

A fascinating blend of Chinese and Cuban cuisine emerged in Cuba during the late 19th century with the arrival of Chinese immigrants on sugarcane plantations. The popularity of Cuban-Chinese cuisine spread beyond the Chinese community and was embraced by all Cubans. These restaurants became an integral part of Cuban culture, offering a unique culinary experience that blends the best of both worlds.

While historical events dispersed the Cuban-Chinese culture, the cuisine found a home in the exiled communities of Southern Florida and Northern New Jersey, where in the 1970’s and 80’s Chino-Cubano restaurants were some of the most popular. Inspired by this history, we aim to bring back the essence of, but also reinterpret, Chino-Cubano cuisine!

Join us on Chino-Cubano Tuesdays at La Isla to celebrate this delightful culinary fusion and be part of this culinary adventure to rediscover the lost flavors of Chino-Cubano cuisine with a sense of heritage, innovation and fun!

*contains nuts

Cantonese Spring Rolls  14
pork, Chinese mushrooms, vegetables, sweet chili sauce

Camarones a lo Chino  16
sautéed five spice rubbed shrimp, asian slaw, soy-ginger vinaigrette

Sauteed Bok Choy*  12
garlic, oyster sauce, sesame, peanuts

Braised Pork Belly*  10
spicy bean paste-peanut sauce, cucumber, sesame

*contains nuts

Churrasco Lo Mein  24
stir fry noodles, skirt steak, peppers, onion, soy-oyster sauce

Pollo con Broccoli a lo Chino* 22
chicken and broccoli glazed with sweet and sour sauce, sichuan chili pepper, cashews, sesame, scallions

Arroz Chino Cubano  25
grilled shrimp, stir fry rice, vegetables, cabbage, soy

Solomillo Chop Suey*  22
stir fry pork tenderloin , snow peas, broccoli, peppers, onion, bean spouts, sesame, peanuts with white rice


bomba rice, shrimp, mussels, chicken, chorizo, saffron


Caracoles al Ajillo
escargot, Spanish chorizo, smoked paprika, toast points

Camarones a la Gallega
sautéed shrimp, white wine garlic sauce, paprika

Patatas Bravas
fried yukon gold potatoes, spicy garlic chili aioli

Garbanzos Fritos
fried chickpeas, smoked paprika, lemon


Guacamole Hoboque Ño  16
hass avocado, cilantro, lime, jalapeno, pomegranate, pepitas, queso fresco, malanga chips

Croquetas de Bacalao 16
codfish croquettes, arugula, lemon-paprika aioli

Montaditos  16
grilled shrimp, spanish chorizo, chimichurri sauce, over tostones

Yuca Brava  14
fried yuca, Spanish chorizo, spicy aioli, manchego cheese

Gazpacho Verde con Jaiba  16
crab meat salad, chilled green gazpacho, paprika oil


Sopa de Pollo / Chicken Soup 

homemade chicken soup, potatoes, carrots, celery,
corn, cut spaghetti 
med 7.50 / lg 9.50

Soup of the Day

Mon: Garbanzo  med 7 / lg 8.50

Tues: Green Pea  med 7 / lg 850

Wed: Lentil  med 7 / lg 7.50

Thurs: Galician/White Bean  med  7 / lg 8.50

Fri & Sat: Seafood Soup  18
shrimp, mussels, clams, fish, seafood broth

*TAKE OUT SOUPS are larger portion -add $1

Hot Box Classics

Empanada de Pollo o Carne  5 ea
turnover filled with chicken or beef

Cubanada Empanada  5 ea
pulled pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickle, garlic mojo

Vegan Empanada  5 ea.
curried cauliflower, potato and edamame beans with mango-pineapple chutney

Croqueta de Jamón  3.5 ea
smoked ham and onion croquette

Papa Rellena  5 ea
Cuban beef picadillo stuffed potato ball
with salsa ranchera $1.00 extra


Available with any salad below:
chicken 7  /  shrimp 10  /  blackened salmon  13  /  skirt steak 14

Latina Sassy Salad  14
pineapple, artisan lettuce, roasted pumpkin seeds, jicama, citrus vinaigrette, tajin chili powder

Ensalada Criolla  14
mixed crisp baby lettuces, tomatoes, onion, avocado, shaved manchego cheese, oregano vinaigrette

Chopped Salad  15
black beans, corn, onion, lettuce, tomato, crispy tortilla, cilantro-lime vinaigrette, queso fresco

Espinaca y Remolacha  15
baby spinach, mango, avocado, roasted beets, oranges, onion, macadamia nuts, blue cheese, champagne vinaigrette


Choice of two side dishes: rice, beans, yuca, maduro

Churrasco con Chimichurri  37
grilled marinated skirt steak, chimichurri sauce

Guava Glazed BBQ Ribs  24
served with Cuban-style mashed potatoes (no sides)

Camarones Enchilados  26
creole style sautéed jumbo shrimp, peppers, olives, onions

Camarones al Ajillo  26
sautéed jumbo shrimp, white wine garlic sauce

Pollo al Ajillo con Espinaca  25
boneless chicken breast, garlic-cream sauce, sautéed spinach

Bistec de Pollo  22
grilled chicken breast, caramelized onions

Masitas de Puerco  22
fried pork morsels, lime marinated onions

Bistec de Palomilla  25
seared thinly pounded sirloin steak, caramelized onions

Bistec Salteado  26
stir fry beef, sweet peppers, onions, tomato, jalapeño, cilantro, sweet plantains, white rice (no sides)

Arroz Chino-Cubano  25
grilled shrimp, vegetable & egg stir fried rice, peas, soy, cabbage (no sides)

Salmon con Chutney de Mango y Piña  30
blackened salmon, pineapple-mango chutney, coconut rice (no sides)

Chuletas Encebolladas  26
grilled marinated pork chops, sautéed onions

Pescado Empanizado  29
pan fried branzino milanese, avocado, onion, tomato, aji verde sauce (no sides)

Rabo Encendido

oxtail stew served with sweet potato puree

Available Fri & Sat from 5 pm to 10 pm



*not pressed

El Cubano 15
pulled pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickle, garlic mojo

Pan con Bistec  16
thin beefsteak, lettuce, tomato, onion, potato sticks 

Churrasco Sandwich  19
grilled sliced skirt steak, caramelized onions, chimichurri sauce, potato sticks

Media Noche  15
roast pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickle, garlic mojo, cuban brioche

Havana Club16
triple decker sandwich, grilled chicken, bacon, tomato, avocado, onion, mayo, multi grain bread

Chicken Breast Sandwich  15
grilled chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, potato sticks

Cuban Reuben  18
corned beef, braised short rib, swiss cheese, pickle, mustard caraway seed mojo


Moros y Cristianos  sm 5   lg 6
black beans and rice (made with pork)

Arroz con Gandules  sm 5   lg 6
yellow rice with pigeon peas

White Rice  sm 4  lg 5

Black Beans  sm 4.50  med 5.50  lg 8

Red Beans  sm 5  med 6  lg 8.50

Tostones con Mojo  6
twice fried green plantains with garlic sauce

Platanos Maduros  6
fried ripe yellow plantains

Yuca  6
fried or boiled cassava

French Fries  5

Steamed Vegetables  6
mixed steamed veggies