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La Guarida Restaurant – Havana – Cuba – 2 Parts

La Guarida Restaurant in Havana Cuba in 2 parts. This was the highlight of our trip. The Reservation was made the day we arrived and we were squeezed in on our last night in Cuba at a 9pm sitting.

La Guarida Restaurant in Havana, Cuba in 2 parts. This was the highlight of our trip. The Reservation to La Guarida  was made the day we arrived and we were squeezed into the restaurant on our last night in Cuba for a 9pm sitting.

Only in Havana! The entrance to the city’s most legendary private restaurant greets you like a scene out of a 1940s film noir. A decapitated statue at the bottom of a grand but dilapidated staircase leads up past lines of drying clothes to a wooden door, behind which lie multiple culinary surprises.

La Guarida’s lofty reputation was first fermented in the 1990s when it was used as a location for the Oscar-nominated film Fresa y Chocolate. Not surprisingly, the food is still up there with Havana’s best, shoehorning its pioneering brand of Nueva Cocina Cubana into dishes such as rabbit pâté and oxtail risotto.

Tomorrow I’ll take you inside the restaurant, introduce you to the inspirational owner and the story behind the transformation of this magical place.

http://www.laguarida.com/en/

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  1. This was indeed one of the highlights of the trip to Cuba last year. The owner had a dream in the late 90s that would create a world class restaurant and stimulate a whole new economy across Cuba to supply high level produce that simply did not exist previously.

    Then he set out to encourage others to create restaurants and outlets to use the same suppliers, thereby creating increased demand for the produce – and increased competition which he welcomed.

    20 years on the restaurant is an amazing experience. Vast new agribusinesses have been created.

    An inspiring vision splendid realized.

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