This is that sort of restaurant where the owner is also one of the servers and everyone believes in it so much that they try so so so hard. And I so so so wanted to love it!
It has two distinct sections - a little coffee bar to the right and a restaurant to the left. The menu is pretty limited, and only has one vegetarian option. I'm not vegetarian, so I was thrilled with the look of the pork, beef and fish options. I was however, with a vegetarian who doesn't like plantains, and we just couldn't find something to suit her tastes, so we regretfully left and went somewhere else.
I think the moral is - apart from "don't hang out with vegetarians" ;-) - you have to love Cuban food to go there. I really do love Cuban food, so if anyone local fancies lunch there, let me know! I would love to try their beef stew!
Ps. I did try their coffee and my, it was good!
So I have been eyeing up Casa Cuba for the longest time but have never been able to get in there. Well I finally managed to get myself in their (however brief my stay was).
It was a Saturday evening/night and really I want to get there on a Tuesday or Thursday as they have free Salas classes which I would really like to try. (I think I have a little bit of rhythm left in me)
I know that the place has had a little make over inside which amongst all the bodies in their it looked ok. Clearly the night I went in was a popular evening as all the seats in the right hand side of Casa Cuba was all reserved and in the left hand side which seemed to operate as the resturant are was also full it was standing room only, which was ok as there was a good vibe about the place with its Cuban beats in the background. The band which was their did play some music whilst we were in there and the rhythm is very infectious but there was no space on what appeared to be the dance floor.
Getting to the bar and ordering a couple of cocktails was easy enough, now they did have a technical hitch and were taking only cash that evening. The bar staff were very good at making up the drinks and whilst the place was very full I got my drinks quickly. They were very tasty cocktails. The only drawback was on my second visit to the bar they were a bit more stretched and it took a little bit longer plus I think I made a bad choice with my drink choice, but hey we live and we learn.
Once I get there on the evening they do the Salas dancing and get my choice of cocktail right and try the found I will update this review and they might make it to the full 5 stars!!!!
Truly authentic Cuban environment nestled in the bosom of Crystal Palace. Only open for 9 months and already this place is booming.
Rich and aromatic Cuban coffee is served during the day. A good varieties of sandwich including the classic Cubano (Roasted port, cheese, ham, pickles, mustard).
As the night draws in from Thursday to saturday bartenders arrive to create classic cocktails from the Golden Age of Havana my favourites mojito. Mmmmmmmmm
Casa Cuba wants to bring the best of Cuba: Cuban coffee (not just style but the actual beans!), Cuban classic sandwiches such as The Cuban, Cuban cocktails, Cuban cigars, Cuban music and even real Cuban serving you with a big smile! Check our website for a complete menu description.
Established in 2012.
... It only takes a bit of research to see how the word "Cuba" (and everything associated to it) is such a marketing tool. Sandra and Miguel, both Cubans have succesfully been running a Tour Operation business (www.cubadirect.co.uk) for over 10 years but there was always the dream (and necessity) to create a Cuban coffee shop, bar or restaurant really authentic and inspiring. And that is how it was decided to create Casa Cuba: a hybrid of cafe, bar and restaurant offering the best of Cuba! We are extremely careful in offering the real thing from Cuban beer to real and traditional cocktails to Cuban coffee. Mornings are all about coffee and cake. During the week we have a permanent lunch deal for just £7 and the evening we become a restaurant. Friday and Saturday nights the animal is quite different. Come ready to dance the night away and forget about personal space ... That is the history so far, for anything else come along and we'll tell you more!
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