Old Havana Swansea Review

For those of you who follow me regularly you know, I love food, cooking it? Not so much, having others cooking for me? Definitely. Lately, in Swansea, there have been a number of new restaurants that have opened including Juniper Place which you can read my review of here, Meatery & Martini and Old Havana, which is the topic of today’s post.

Old Havana Menu

Old Havana is a Cuban style Bar situated above Juniper Place on York Street. The first thing you notice as you enter is the popping wallpaper and the temperature. We visited on an absolutely freezing Winter afternoon and as soon as we stepped in the temperature heated us up right away, it was like a warm welcome, we were greeted at the door by a jolly member of staff who showed us straight to our table.

It’s a very trendy place, the light fixtures were like bird cages, it was decorated in a very Christmassy style with lights and a tree. There is artwork and textured wallpaper on the walls and ceilings too which gives it a cosy feel, far from the boring, samey surroundings you get at chained restaurants. We settled in and grabbed some drinks with our waitress before sinking into the menu.

Old Havana Swansea

We decided on:

Papas Rellnas which are seasoned pulled pork and potato balls in breadcrumbs, on a bed of Cuban coleslaw and plantain crips. These were extremely yummy, it was a lot of meat for a starter and I struggled to finish the third one but well worth the £5.95 it cost.

Papas Rellnas

My partner opted for the Cheese Croquetas with chorizo, we both love cheese and this definitely shined through for me, it paired really well with the chorizo and was absolutely stunning. The cost was £4.95 for the croquetas and an additional £1.50 for the chorizo.

Cheese Croquetas

For the main course, I decided to try out the Veggie Burger, not something I’d usually go for as I know vegetarian burgers are pretty much the same everywhere but damn. This was definitely the highlight of the meal for me and definitely a dish I’d recommend to my vegetarian friends. The peppers worked really well on the burger and added extra flavour. This was very good value £9.95. One thing I really love about Old Havana is they do not charge you extra for sweet potato fries like most restaurants do.

Veggie Burger

My partner opted for the Traditional Burger with no ”rabbit food” as he calls it, just the bun, burger, cheese and bacon. This totally beat him and he only managed half as the beef burger inside is super thick, I can imagine if you’re a huge lover of meat you’d have finished this off no problem at all. It came with the most delicious barbeque sauce that I admit I did steal away from him. At £10.95 this was still a reasonable price for the dish.

Traditional Burger

Although we were both pretty stuffed we were determined to have dessert. He ordered a bowl of vanilla ice cream for himself (boring). He managed to finish the whole bowl and as he didn’t speak to me from the beginning to the end I’m going to assume that was some damn good vanilla ice cream at £4.95.

Meanwhile, I had the Churros. I love churros, there used to be an independent shop by my flat that used to make them fresh and I’d always grab a bag on the way home from shopping, unfortunately, it’s closed now. These were delicious, they came with a chocolate dip and a dulce le leche dip, I don’t know how I did it but I managed to eat the whole lot. These were £5.95.

(Dulce le leche is a traditional caramel flavoured dipping sauce)


Overall, we had a wonderful experience and really enjoyed the diverse dishes that they offer. Being Cuban style means that a lot of the dishes include a little spice so if you are not a fan of spicy food beware and speak to staff before you order. If you’re looking to go and give Old Havana a try or you’ve been previously let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear what you thought.

You can see the full menu below.


old havana swansea pinterest

Have you ever had Churros?

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16 responses to “Old Havana Swansea Review”

  1. Sarah Elsley says:

    Those cheese croquets look INCREDIBLE! 😍

    Sarah | https://www.dreamofhone.co.uk

  2. The TEO Girl says:

    I adore how the ice cream has all those colourful sauces on it, that’s a great way to make vanilla more interesting 🙂 I have to say I never try the veggie burger, I just assume it’s the lesser burger on the menu but after reading this, I might have to start giving them a go!

    The TEO Girl

    • theessenceofred says:

      Hey hun,

      Thanks for popping by, yes it was a lovely little touch. I was so surprised how delicious the Veggie Burger actually was! I wasn’t expecting to be so tasty. You should definitely give it a go.

  3. leenayblogs says:

    This post sure made me hungry!

    • theessenceofred says:

      Hey Leenay,

      I don’t blame you, I love reading foodie reviews but also hate it because I have to go and raid the kitchen….or order a takeaway.

  4. glowsteady says:

    okay so those churros look amazing! Your photography here is incredible considering we all know restaurant lighting sucks. It sounds like amazing value for money too! x


    Now I’m thinking about sweet potato fries…

    • theessenceofred says:

      Hey Sophie,

      Thanks for stopping by, I was so worried they were going to turn out with a yellowy glow because it’s a little darker in there than in the previous reviews I’ve done but I’m happy the pictures are clear and show the food, which is the most important thing!
      I’m sorry you’re thinking about sweet potato fries, perhaps you need to go out to eat!

  5. Laura Haley says:

    Old Havana sounds fab-I was in Cuba for a fortnight in 2011 and although you guys had far more variety in that one meal than we saw in the fortnight, I still think the restaurant sounds pretty authentic. I’m really hungry now!

    • theessenceofred says:

      Hey Laura,

      I am glad to hear you enjoyed the review and having visited Cuba too, that must have been pretty cool. Perhaps if you’re ever in Swansea you could give it a try.

  6. Oroma says:

    The food is definitely great value for money and it all looks so yummy! This makes me miss Swansea so much, I think I spent more time eating out than going to lectures while I was there!


    • theessenceofred says:

      Hey Oroma,

      You should definitely come back to visit there are so many new restaurants open in Swansea now, they’re well worth a visit.

  7. Charlee says:

    We will definitely be heading there sometime then, *dreams of sweet potato fries* and I hope that veggie burger is as good as you say 😉

    Charlee || Rose above the Thorns

    • theessenceofred says:

      Hey Charlee,

      I actually thought of you whilst I was eating the burger, you’d love it, I’m sure! Hope you and Robyn head over soon.

  8. Katt Wolf says:

    I’m slightly obsessed with sweet potato fries, and it really peeves me off when places charge more for them – so Old Havana already has my interest because of that!

    Swansea is on my list of UK weekend visits, and i’m hoping to tick it off next year.. so i’ll definitely be adding this to my list of possibilities to give it a go!

    Katt x

    • theessenceofred says:

      Hey Katt,

      I really hope you do get to come to Swansea, there’s so much to do here at the moment. I’d definitely recommend Juniper Place too.

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