Bom Apetite

CA4
Style of food: International
Cost: Moderate
Type of place: Paladar (private)
Food
Ambience
Service
Value
Best for: Relaxed busy vibe, good service
Worst for: The food is not spectacular
Calle 11 No. 7210 entre 72 y 74, Playa
(+53)7203 - 3634
Open noon-midnight

  • Walking in on a rainy night to Bon Appetite was like walking into an oasis. We had tried a few other places nearby which were all deserted, dead. We had put it down to the weather and planned to head home. ‘Let’s try one last place’. There were no free tables at Bon Appetite; the place was packed with both clients and a warm family Sunday night atmosphere.

    The main restaurant is out the back of a lovely Miramar mansion. It is open plan with wooden ceilings. The kitchen is in full sight through transparent glass, which lets you get a good idea of what’s going on. Originally more of a thatched ranchón without a roof, incremental renovations over the years have made this a sophisticated place which would fit in anywhere in the world.

    The menu has an Italian focus (pizzas and pastas) but also with plenty of international dishes. I like the fact that it is not trying to be all things, to be all people; limited but good: Filet Mignon – 250gm CUC 10, Pollo Asado con barbacoa de naranjas (roast chicken with oranges) CUC 8, Gambitas a la plancha (grilled shrimp) CUC 10, Garbanzos fritos del chef (chef’s fried chickpea) CUC 5 and Pulpitos al ajo con aceite de oliva extra virgin (octopus with garlic and extra virgin olive oil) CUC5. Tiramisu de la casa (house tiramisu) CUC 3.50. When our food came I was a little disappointed since it was average not great; the service however is professional, fast and efficient.

    
  • Meliá Cohíba – La Piazza

    Meliá Cohíba – La Piazza  LH 5-

    La Piazza succeeds enormously where most of the other hotel restaurants (including of the same Meliá Cohíba) struggle. It succeeds in providing good quality Italian food and fine service but most of a …

    San Cristóbal

    San Cristóbal  LH 5

    San Cristóbal is named after its owner, chef and driving inspiration, Carlos Cristóbal Márquez Valdés. The place belies its location in Central Havana and exudes authenticity and charm. Cluttered, ecl …

    Café del Oriente

    Café del Oriente  LH 4+

    The Café del Oriente is about as upmarket as it gets in Old Havana. Almost self-consciously grand, it is located right on Plaza de San Francisco and seems to challenge its neighbours to do better. Thi …

    La Esperanza

    La Esperanza  LH 4

    La Esperanza is one of those places which gives out its own microclimate so far removed it is from your typical Havana dining experience. Set in the Miramar suburbs, the exterior of the house is notab …

    Centro Asturiano – La Terraza

    Centro Asturiano – La Terraza  LH 5-

    The Sociedad Juventud Asturiana is a Spanish cultural society from the province of Asturias, which has a special legal status in Havana. Essentially, the society functions as a cooperative which means …

    Sancho Panza

    Sancho Panza  LH 4+

    The sign on the wall reads that our fames precede us and our food maintains us. Actually Sancho Panza (not to be confused with Poncho Sanchez!) looks a lot better from the inside out than the outside …

    Vista del Mar

    Vista del Mar  LH 4

    Vista del Mar is a quality paladar that has been around for many years. The main restaurant is on the 2nd floor of an attractive Miramar residence that looks out to sea. Sitting on the smallish balcon …

    Café Laurent

    Café Laurent  LH 5

    The entrance to Café Laurent gives little away. While just a few blocks away from the iconic Hotel National, Calle M has little commerce and you have to be guided into the apartment building where a s …

    La Moneda Cubana

    La Moneda Cubana  LH 4

    If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck…it normally is a duck. Walking into La Moneda Cubana I could not believe that this really was a paladar. From the bad fake copies of Mona Lisa and the Last S …

    Sevilla Hotel – Roof Garden Torre de Oro

    Sevilla Hotel – Roof Garden Torre de Oro  LH 4+

    The Sevilla Hotel recently celebrated its 100th Anniversary. This is now managed by the Mercure group, has a gorgeous Spanish-Moorish style lobby and one of the best rooftop restaurants in the City, t …

    « 3 of 14 pages »