La Guarida
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Dinner at La Guarida in Havana
La Guarida was hands down the best restaurant experience I had while in Havana. Located on a battered street, it was hard to believe there was a restaurant anywhere around. The building feels like you’re walking into a movie set, complete with a dilapidated yet still grand marble and wrought iron staircase, peeling paint, crumbling walls, classic mouldings and columns and an overwhelmingly aching sense that you’re bearing witness to a long gone era of opulence and grace. The food is a mix of Cuban and international cuisine which included dishes such as a green lobster ceviche, cochinillo lechal (suckling pig confit with an orange and honey reduction), and a delicious deconstructed lemon and almond tart. An eight-course tasting menu with welcome cocktail and coffee is available for 50CUC with an option of adding a “puro” (Cuban cigar) and a digestif for another 20CUC.
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