Cuba Libre's DC location was one of the recent openings that generated a lot of buzz. It's a good sign when a restaurant posts a separate dessert menu online, and Cuba Libre's chocolate torte more than delivered on that promise.
The torte has a fabulous interplay of texture and flavor. It combines a thin soufflé crust, softer inner soufflé, gooey dulce de leche, and a thick chocolate sauce. Each of these elements is of the highest quality and could stand on its own. This dessert is a masterpiece of both design and execution. Count the chocolate torte among our favorites and give it our divine rating.
The pairing of the torte with blueberry compote is odd, but one can ignore it, so it doesn't detract from the dish. Also note that this is not a traditional soufflé. The chef intentionally allows the soufflé to sink.
I'll warn you that not all of Cuba Libre's offerings are up to the torte's standard. Check out Two DC's review of the restaurant as a whole. I agree with their "Second Thoughts From B," except I would rate at least the small plates higher than Cheesecake Factory's non5essert offerings. Check back here for a review of the rum cake.
801 9th St NW Washington, DC 20001
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