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Tuesday 9 December 2014

Motivos (y Razones) Restaurant Review (Havana)

                   It was a total fluke how I found this restaurant. As I was leaving the Partagas Shop in Old Havana I was mentioning how I had to go out to dinner and the Artist who did the decorating at the restaurant (I didn't know it at the time) recommended I give this place a try. He mentioned how cheap it was and I remember wondering why?? but once he showed me pictures of the place he had saved on his cell I was convinced to check it out.
                  It's in the Vedado district of Havana, behind the Hotel Presidente, located on the second floor of a house. There are two restaurants actually, one named Razones and the other Motivos (Reasons and Motives). Motivos is on the patio, open air but covered, with the menu being lighter fare. They allow smoking here. Razones, the other restaurant is located in a closed, air-conditioned space with a larger menu that doesn't allow smoking. Makes sure you reserve and in the spot you want because it can get quite busy. It hadn't been open year yet and the restaurant was full when we got there. The service is very pleasant, waitresses wearing a Diner-type outfit that are always smiling. My girlfriend wanted Filet Mignon that was on the other restaurant's problem, she got it.
                 We started with the Ribs (appetizer portion, they also have it as a maincourse for double the appetizer price, I assume it's double in size), we seem to get them whenever we go to a place that has them and they were good here. As I said, my girlfriend had the Filet Mignon from the other menu and I have to say it's the best I've had in the 11 years I've been coming to Cuba. She asked for it to be cooked medium but came medium rare, she ate it anyway because it was so tender. Let's hope they keep-up this quality. I went for the Filet of Fish in herbs which I enjoyed. Presentation was good, service excellent and the food tasted wonderful. We finished it off with a homemade cheesecake that was rather tasty and some ice cream.
                 Everything above as well as a bottle of water and a bottle of wine, came out to $40.65cuc and that included 10% gratuity on the bill. That's really cheap for a meal of this quality. I'm sure this place is going to be packed more often once people discover it. Call for reservations.

Restaurant Bar Razones
Calle F no.63 e/3ra y 5ta
Vedado, Havana
tel. (53 7) 8328732
cell (53 5) 2366080

Restaurant Motivos

The floor in front of the bathrooms is a fish tank


Filet Mignon

Fish Filet


Restaurant Razones

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