After being to Varadero 40 times we decided to try the Lai Lai Restaurant. To our surprise the food was amazing. When we went without reservations around 6:30 pm, the restaurant had one table left.
The decor is nice and there is a good ambiance. Very nice quiet music playing in the background. We were 3 people so we decided to have Spring Rolls to start and we then ordered each one a dish which consisted of Chicken Chow Mein, Cantonese Fried Rice and shrimps served on a griddle inside a wooden boat. Very well presented and sizzling. We had 1 beer each and with the tip it only cost us 8 pesos each. Not expensive at all. The food was was full of flavor, the servings plentiful, the veggies fresh and very warm. The staff was friendly, courteous and very helpful when we were asking questions about the menu.
There are also large round tables with a turntable in the middle for large groups which makes sharing platters easy. When we left, there were at least 8 people in the lobby waiting to get in. There was one review on Trip Advisor that said “recycle food” because the waitress gently slid all the meat from the dishes to the side of the plate. We also noticed that, so we asked the waitress if they threw out the leftovers, very silently she said “no” the staff can eat the leftovers or bring it home. She looked very sincere. I am very picky when it comes to Chinese food. In Canada I only eat Szechuan Chinese Food but I was really impressed with the food at Lai Lai. I will certainly return on my next visit.
I would recommend this restaurant and hope that my review was helpful.
Address: Primera Avenue at Calle 18
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