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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you ever had Churros?
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