Havana & Cuba
Posted 14 December 2002 - 09:17 AM
Posted 16 December 2002 - 09:37 AM
Here are some notes I sent to a friend who is going soon:
La Guardia- (Centro Habana) – it’s best to make a reservation here as its pretty popular(it was featured in the film, Fresca and Chocolate). They have a real kitchen and turn out some tasty fare. I had Lamb with mint and a side of Potatoes with Mushrooms and onions. My girlfriend had the swordfish really tasty, really meaty. Had a Nice bottle of French Chard to go with the meal. The place on the third floor of a large dilapidated mansion. Entrees ran about 12 dollars each and the wine was 30 dollars.
L’Amore (Vedado)- This is a nice romantic spot. Wedgewood china, proper silverware, I had the roast pork with Moro’s and Christianio’s. Food was good, but the atmosphere makes the place. Entrees ran about 10 bucks a piece
Copellia- (Vedado)This is an Ice Cream "Parlor" on La Rampa where you get four scoops of great ice cream for a dollar. It's a pretty popular spot with everybody. There's a good reason why.
El Bodeguita del Media-(Havana Vieja) . Lots of tourists,and they serve food which looks passable.be sure to write your name on the wall. everybody else has. nice mojito’s , great music
Hotel Mundial (Old Habana)–This is where Hemingway wrote "A Farewell to Arms". Definitely get up to the roof deck for a drink. You could easily kill an afternoon up here knocking back some delicious mojito’s.
Mario’s House-(near the Belle Arts Museum-. Well all I know is I asked a guy at a store where we could get a bite to eat and we ended up sitting in this guy Mario’s living room (with his grandma) debating over what we wanted to have. I asked what was fresh and he said everything. We ended up ordering Marisco’s (Shrimp) and he sat us in his Dining Room. Only to return a good while later with some Creole style shrimp. Homemade Red Beans and Rice. The food was pretty good. Nothing extraordinary, just some genuine home cooking. He did a whole lot of talking about the current situation there and overcharged us at 40 bucks for the whole meal. But the way I see it he needed the money worse than we did so we were glad to pay for the experience. Oh! Had a couple of beers with the meal. Cuba’s Cristal, which I will go on record as saying it’s the worst beer I’ve ever had. Over-carbonated , not good trait in a beer.
the Belle Arts Museum- this is a solid collection of some cuban art! worth walking through
Posted 16 December 2002 - 11:07 AM
I will see if I can squeeze some information from a regular visitor to Cuba when I next see him. It may not be until next month, but I don't suppose these are places one can reserve far in advance from the US with a credit card.
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Posted 19 December 2002 - 02:10 PM
I'm sure Robert was saying this tongue and cheek, but to my knowledge you can't use a US based credit card or ATM card in Cuba. I carried Cash.
Posted 15 December 2007 - 05:05 PM
Posted 15 December 2007 - 06:52 PM
I know that La Guarida (or something like that) is supposed to be excellent as well, but we just ran out of time to try it.
Paladars were very much hit and miss. Some were pretty good, others were just ok. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend any of the ones we ate at, but if you look around you may find a gem. You never know.
Have a wonderful trip. We loved loved loved Cuba.
Posted 02 February 2008 - 05:07 AM
Edited by nikkib, 02 February 2008 - 05:07 AM.
Posted 02 February 2008 - 07:31 AM
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