I liked the look of the place from the outside. This really merits the name, the Terrace of Miramar. Located on the second floor with a nice view you wonder just where all these houses come from. It is a great space. The management and chef seem enthusiastic and positive and we wish them all the best with their restaurant.
Our simple opinion, however (and this is only based on one lunch) is that they will have to do much, much better with the quality of the food. Perhaps this is just growing pains and we will try again in a few months. Maybe we just got a bad day; it does have a number of good reviews on Trip Advisor and is ranked number 16 there. We don’t want to be harsh but simply can’t agree.
The filet mignon at Italia en Cuba
This is a new paladar in the Miramar area. It is located on a nice terrace and has a big screen where you can enjoy music videos while you eat (in case this is your cup of tea…it’s not mine). The focaccia was amazing, even the take away was fresh and crispy the following day and the pizza was good, too. But unfortunately I made the mistake of ordering the filet mignon. As a red meat lover I am in constant search of the good steak in Havana, which is not an easy challenge. But in this case I specifically asked the waiter before ordering: “is this a filet cut or something else?” He assured me it was filet and he said it was fantastic and accompanied by a bordelaise sauce. “OK, medium, please,” I said. Huge mistake! The meat was definitely not filet but the toughest part of the beef, and it was more than well done. A shoe would have been softer. When I complained about how it was cooked, I just got a “too bad” look from the waiter, and for uneatable meat I paid close to 16 cuc. I will be back for the foccacia, though!