Tucked away into the side of the building that houses Bastone & Vinnotecca, is Cafe Habana. It has a little sized dining room compared to its sister restaurants. I liked the dark feel of the place. From the rustic brick style walls to the wood tables to the crystal and iron wrought chandeliers.
Their menu is big enough to want to try several things, and they entice you with these little plate appetizer dishes that you just want to try.
Started off with some Tostones – twice fried green plantains, with mojo ($3). I always enjoy plantains at home. If you have never had them, they are closer to a potato than a banana. These were really crunchy and I enjoyed that.
Pan Cubano – grilled Cuban bread with chimichurri ($3)
Hubby had the Quesadilla – grilled vegetables and herbed goat cheese ($8) . It’s technically listed as an appetizer but that didn’t make it too small.
It was really generous on the goat cheese too.
I was craving something more and hearty. What satisfied that itch was the Fricas de Cameron – seared shrimp and bell peppers in a spicy tomato sauce over saffron rice ($13). The shrimp was surprisingly sumptuous. The bell peppers and chunky tomato sauce the are perfect merger between the rice and shrimp. My one qualm with the whole dish was there. was. not. enough.rice! When I asked for more, the waitress brought me a teeny tiny ramekin. The rice to sauce ratio was really off.
Ahhh..the piece d’irrestance. A tres leches cake with chocolate covered hazelnuts. The hazelnuts didn’t have to be on this plate. That cake was perfection. A very generous portion, perfect to share. Its simple, moist, rich and light at the same time, and just mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Thats all I can say about this. mmmmmmmmmmmm.
There was one thing that I found very very disappointing. Our waitress was terrible. I’m not over exaggerating. She barely checked up on us. Mind you, its a very small room, and there are not many tables. And the worst part is it took her 15 min to charge my card, of which she swiped like 3 times on 3 different computers because she couldn’t figure out something or other.
The bad service we experienced aside, Cafe Habana is definitely worth a try! Food is fresh and alot of little plates to try. don’t forget, the Tres Leches cake is a MUST! Also, check out the Commune (literally an underground club), if your there on a Friday or Saturday night.