The Lobster Diet…

Cuban Lobster at La Guarida
Cuban Lobster at La Guarida

Rumor had it that food in Cuba, unlike the people, lacks spice.

LA Guerida
LA Guerida

I am here to dispel the rumors.

La Guarida
La Guarida

Take a culinary tour of Havana with me.

Beyonce is touting the vegan lifestyle, I am hyping the lobster regimen.

Courtny & David at La Guarida
Courtny & David at La Guarida

Let it be known, Cuban restaurants are actually quite good and lobster is a staple in most Cuban establishments.

Lobster & Mango Ceviche
Lobster & Mango Ceviche

Let’s commence the tour with my birthday celebration at La Guarida, considered to be the top restaurant in Havana.

From the surprise amuse-bouche of lobster and mango cerviche to the lobster main course the food and the imaginative and original decor, the evening rocked.

Fish, La Guarida
Fish, La Guarida

David’s red snapper was flaky and delicious, the presentation original.

Red Snapper Crudo
Red Snapper Crudo

The crudos fabulous.

Potatoes & Onions
Potatoes & Onions

The side of potatoes and onions fresh and flavorful.

Lobster at La Guarida
Lobster at La Guarida

Our best meal was at San Cristobal, where the chef and owner, Carlos Cristobal Marquez, purportedly was the son of the maid who tended to Fidel Castro.

San Cristobal
San Cristobal

A typical colonial-style house dating from 1914, San Cristobal has 
three connected, but independent dining rooms that all open onto 
an interior patio garden.

San Cristobal
San Cristobal

Chef and owner Carlos Marquez worked the eclectically decorated rooms and was warm and hospitable.

Waiter at San Cristobel
Waiter at San Cristobel

Our waiter was charming and endearing.

Salad at San Cristobel
Salad at San Cristobel

The meal consisted of a fresh salad of sweet tomatoes, perfectly ripened avocado and cucumber.

Gazpacho San Cristobel
Gazpacho San Cristobel

The gazpacho was memorable…probably the best I have ever tasted. It was served with fresh cucumber, tomatoes and onions.

Cuban Lobster at La Guarida
Cuban Lobster at La Guarida

The lobster at San Cristobal won top prize. I do not have inside information about whether Beyonce ate the lobster, but she did dine at San Cristobal and purportedly enjoyed herself immensely.

Red Snapper at San Cristobal
Red Snapper at San Cristobal

David’s red snapper was fresh and prepared perfectly.

Flan at San Cristobel
Flan at San Cristobel

The flan was like no other…rich, dense, not too sweet.

The meal concluded with cigars and a gift of a lovely brooch.

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EL Cocinero was the only contemporary restaurant that we visited. It is a converted old red brick factory that once produced cooking oil. You ascend a spiral staircase in the chimney to a beautiful second floor restaurant.

Tuna Tartare, La Cocinero
Tuna Tartare, La Cocinero

El Cocinero is where the Havana in crowd hangs. It was interesting to dine in modern surroundings. We climbed another steep spiral staircase to the very top of the factory and took in a beautiful view of Havana.

Tomato & Feta Salad
Tomato & Feta Salad

The tuna tartare and feta salad were both very good.

Frozen Daiquiri, O'Reilly's 304
Frozen Daiquiri, O’Reilly’s 304

Lunch at 304 O’Reilly was fun and delicious. We dined on the top floor surrounded by interesting artwork and had a great view of  Habana Vieja street life.

Havana Vieja
Havana Vieja

The daiquiri was superb and refreshing on a very hot day and my mainstay of lobster, excellent.

Lobster, O'Reilly's
Lobster, O’Reilly’s

Our first night out we ventured to the Miramar suburb.

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We ate at the charming paladar, La Esperanza.

Lobster at La Esperanza
Lobster at La Esperanza

My lobster was sweet and tender.

Octopus Carpaccio
Octopus Carpaccio

The octopus carpaccio was the best I have ever eaten…anywhere.

Lobster
Lobster

I sampled my first ever Cuban lobster at StarBien for lunch on our arrival day. StarBien is located in a restored 1938 building and provides a fabulous introduction to Cuban cuisine.

You can eat very well in Havana and the prices are modest. The most expensive lobster I ordered was $20 and the priciest cocktail was $6.

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I never gained an ounce.

Wish I could afford to stay on a domestic lobster diet.

2 Comments

  1. Hi TL,

    Hope you are well and I love your photos.

    It was really nice to meet you and your family in San Cristobal .

    Regards

    Colin

    • Colin, so nice to hear from you! Hope you enjoyed Cuba as much as we did and your long journey home was good. Hope all is well in your world. ..very happy that you have joined the Devilish family!

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