Southern California has never had a shortage of Cuban restaurants, but we’ve never had a truly great Cuban restaurant, either. And, yes, I know the ones you’re thinking of right now — and they’re not as good as you think they are. Want proof? Go to the new Isla in La Palma.
When Cala de Mar debuted in 2008, it bore a different name, Capella Ixtapa. But Capella pulled out last year and the resort changed its name to Cala de Mar. Same owner, but new name and management. I returned to see how things have changed, if at all.