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.
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