Dining at Havana is a pleasant mix of several pleasures:
The decor is refreshing, summery and somewhat elegant in a chic, Cuban style without trying too hard. The waiters are engaging, amusing and helpful. Best of all, the two-course set menu is both appetising and good value! What's not to like?!
We dined there earlier than the appointed time for the set dinner menu but, our charming and deliciously camp waiter, Fernanda, saved the day by inviting us to drink up the dregs of the stunning sunshine outside while positively encouraging us to 'get drunk' before coming back inside to dine in the restaurant section!
After feeling frightfully tipsy from our considerable draught of sunshine and lashings of Hildon spring water (!), we were somewhat choosy about which table to take for dinner. The section at the back of the restaurant, while being the most quaintly stylish, happens to be home to a little water feature which reeked of chlorine when we were there. Fernanda didn't grumble though: we moved to the other side of the floor and took up residence just sufficient distance from the fountain so as to enjoy its trickling pleasures without being taunted by the chlorine fumes! He was equally obliging despite our brief interlude of musical chairs!
The two-course set menu is a treat. A spiced sweet-potato soup that came in a bowl with a brim as wide as a woman's hat and with as much intoxicating pleasure as a Philip Treacy creation!
Main dish consisted of pan-fried salmon served on a bed of boiled potatoes (tasting nothing like the bland banality that boiled potatoes often assume) and cooked to perfection. Fernanda accidentally announced that the fish was grilled but this was a pardonable peccadillo given how delicious the fish was!
For a cooly smart, fun night out, I would heartily recommend Havana. A slight, authentic taste of Latin America with the added charm of a merry band of waiters, though Fernanda was the star when we were there!
Eat, drink and be merry!
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