Casa Havana: Down the Paladar
If you know your pop ups from your supper clubs, the Cuban version of the latter will be right up your street. A Paladar is an independent restaurant, run by its owners, either from their sitting room or increasingly today from a swish venue.
On a recent trip to Cuba, the peeps at Havana Club were so taken by the smells, colours and convivial vibes of this fascinating place that they decided to bring some of it to us, in the form of a two week pop up in Soho which sold out in about two minutes. I was lucky enough to eat and drink my way through the list last night.
It all starts with a daiquiri, which goes down like a homesick mole. Another! The Paladar's nooks and crannies feel like Grannie's sitting room, in the best of ways and the stellar bar team pairs drinks with dishes. Highlights include mojito ceviche lubina served with a coconut water kicker, lobster tacos with boozy grapefruit soda, and beef loaded plantains with a rich dark chocolatey treat - it works, so well.
Just when I am on the verge of turning into a pineapple, I get chaperoned into a virtual reality room and leave feeling like I'm in someone's casa in Havana at about 3pm on a Tuesday afternoon, ready for a Cuban coffee, of course.
Five Very Kerri things about Casa Havana:
- All the rum
- Cocktail tasting menu
- Best Cuban food I've had
- Gluten free everything
- Cuba in Soho