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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Al Pescatore (Restaurant) Miramar, Havana

                    Several people told me about this place and gave it a glowing review by saying it's one of the best restaurants they've visited on the island. We took the opportunity to check it out with another couple when we were deciding where to go for dinner. It's located across the street to the Hotel Copacabana and next to the “Casa del Gelato” on Calle 1ra. It's a convenient place for my wife and I as it's close to home but for those of you who rent a place in Old Havana it's a bit of trip to get there. It has a spacious patio as well as an air-conditioned indoor dining area. The menu is presented in 4 languages; English, Italian, Spanish and French. Lots of tasty treats to choose from made it difficult to decide what to have....we will return.
                    The attention to service began from the moment we entered and continued right to the very end. The wine selection was impressive for Cuba and I choose an Italian white wine that I rarely find in a Canadian restaurant for a comparable price. There are lots of appetizers and Pastas on the menu, a few Risottos followed by 9 Fish dishes (excluding the special) and several was hard making a choice. The appetizers we chose were the Vitello Tonnato, Eggplant Parmigiano and Lobster Carpaccio....a small Spinach Soup was offered to us while we waited. For the main courses we chose Spaghetti with Mussels, Fish Filet, Grilled Octopus and Tuna Steak. There wasn't one complaint among the four of us, everything was cooked bang on and tasted fresh. The only complaint I have is that I didn't bring my spare wife saved some space for the spectacular homemade Volcano dessert.
                    All in all it's not one of the cheapest restaurants I've been to in Havana but I've been to more expensive prepared to spend a couple of bucks if you want to enjoy the full experience. This restaurant hasn't been open very long but already has a huge following, reservations are recommended. Like I said....."I'll be back".

Al Pescatore
Calle 1ra #4215 e/ 42 y 44, 
Miramar, Playa, Havana   
+53 7202 7938

Spinach Soup (free)

Ternera con Atun   9.00  (Vitello Tonnato)

Parmesana de Berenjena  8.00  (Eggplant Parmigiana)

Carpaccio de Langosta  10.00  (Lobster Carpaccio)

Focaccia  (free)

Filete Pescado  14.00  (Fish Filet)

Polipo a La Plancha  16.00  (Grilled Octopus)

Filete de Atun  12.00  (Seared Tuna)

Spaghettis con Mejill  12.00 (Spaghetti with Mussels)

Volcan  4.00  (Volcano)

Atelier (Restaurant) Havana

                      I've been wanting to come here for years, it seems like this place has been in existence forever. It was on my list of eateries to try on my last visit to Havana and many trips prior to this one. While with my wife one day around the lunch hour we happened to be in the area and thought this was a good time to give Atelier a shot. It's located just a couple blocks from the Malecon with the Melia Cohiba Hotel in plain sight. Even though we had the address, it was still a little difficult to find without asking someone...they have no visible signage near the street. Their only sign was on the side of the building, a good distance from the sidewalk.
                     Upon entering the building you'll find an array of local artwork on display and for sale. My first impression was positive, I loved the decor. The main dining room is decorated with memorabilia from days gone by and the table settings are antique (or at least decades old) made for a comfy cozy feeling. We opted to sit on the smaller patio since I wanted to smoke a cigar, they also had a larger patio on the roof that was closed at the time (it was past 2pm). The building itself is about a century old that has gone through extensive renovations. 
                    The menu was a different story, hand written on a time card or inventory page. I understand that they change the menu daily or weekly and that some might find it quaint but it didn't inspire my confidence in their ability to execute....maybe I was being overly critical. My first choice was unavailable, the lamb had been sold out. I wasn't crazy about the remaining options so I went with the rabbit in a cream sauce, not the usual way that I would have it. My wife had the stuffed peppers (an appetizer) for her main course and we shared the Frituras de Malanga (fried Taro Root) to start since the Falafel that are raved about in this place were not on the menu this day. Overall the food was good and well presented, not great but good. The service on the other hand was terrible, it was as if we were forgotten out there on the patio. On two occasions I had to walk into the restaurant to receive service, once to get another drink and again when it was time for the bill. Our waiter never came around to ask us how our meal was, not once. All this after reading about how great the service was at this restaurant.
                    I won't come back here, there are many other restaurants to try in the city and several of them are within walking distance of this one. However, whatever I think, this restaurant is always on the Travel Guide's lists of restaurants to try when in Havana....they don't need my business.

Calle 5ta #511 altos e/ Paseo y 2,
Vedado, Havana
 (+53)7836 - 2025
Open noon-midnight daily