It was a news to me when I found out that Cafe Havana has been around for 16 long years and is actually the first Cuban Bar in the country. All these years, I thought they’re only a bar but they’re actually a restaurant too. Cafe Havana is also a well know bar internationally.
There’s a cigar room in this place as well.
They do their food the Cuban style of cooking as it was simple in concept but complex in flavor. Most of the food were sauteed or slow-cooked over a slow flame and relies on spice staples such as garlic, cumin, oregano and bay leaves.
Here’s what we tried:
Sopas de Frijoles Negros (Php175) – Cuban Style black bean soup
I am not really a fan of any bean but this one was thick and creamy. I appreciated it when I dipped the fries and bread into this soup.
Spareribs Habanera (Php605) – Original baked spare ribs served with unique guava sauce
The meat was so tender and its fat was soft. Guava sauce really made it interesting. It was a bit sweet yet savory.
Carribean Style Salmon with Mango Mambo Salsa (Php635) – fillet of Salmon with mango grain mustard sauce, served with squid ink rice
At first, I was taken aback as I only eat Mango as a fruit itself but not on a dish. But when I gave it a try, I was surprised that it was good. I so love the combination of Salmon and Mango. The Salmon was juicy and was cooked pretty well. The mango added a sweetness to it. The squid ink rice was perfect to complete that seafood goodness.
Carribean Shrimp Curry (Php450) – Simmered in Coconut curry sauce with bell peppers served with fried banana and steamed rice
This dish was really good. This is what I’d order again when I come back here. That’s thick sauce of coconut curry but it was not overwhelming. The mixture was just perfect.
Chuletas de Pollo con Arroz Mejicano (Php465) – chicken breast tipped with sauteed onions and served with Mexican style rice and garlic stewed tomatoes
Chicken was juicy and tender. All the flavors were absorbed really well. I love the Mexican rice as well as it looked like you have a Paella.
Doble Cara (Quatro Quezo and Jamon Serano) – Enjoy two flavors in one pizza
This is value for money. You’d get two flavor of pizza in one. In a pizza, I’d always look for a good crust and they do have that. Nice thin crust and generous toppings.
Guyabao Pie (Php165) – Exotic guava pie served warm with whipped cream on the side
This is the first time I’d eaten a guava pie and it was not so bad. The guava flavor was really strong here. Add a bit of a whipped cream to tame it a bit.
Pudin de Pan (Php160) – homemade Cuban version of bread pudding
It was so decadent. This Pudin was creamy and buttery. So addicting.
I can’t wait to try other dishes here in Cafe Havana. And also, if you wanted to taste most of their food, I suggest you try it buffet style. That’s only 595+ per head and you’d get to enjoy Cuban dishes.
So, if you’re in the area, please bear in mind that they are “A restaurant by day and a salsa place by night.”
Address: Level 1, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City