La Paladar de Adela

Style of food: Cuban/Creole
Cost: Expensive
Type of place: Paladar (private)
Best for: Incredibly cute rooftop garden. Very personal.
Worst for: No menu, which can leave with a shock when the bill comes. Very expensive.
Calle F No. 530 entre 21 y 23, Vedado
(+53)7832 - 3776
  • This is not really a paladar as much as an artist’s studio where you can occasionally have something to eat if you are a friend of the artist. Something like that, this is Cuba. What is essential is that you give Adela a call and make a reservation / time to see her.

    Once in the building, you have to ascend several flights of stairs until you arrive at what is a truly magical garden terrace. This is all Alice in Wonderland travels to Narnia for it is full of nooks and crannies, greenery, art and knickknacks. There are tables both outside and in. We prefer the garden terrace.

    There is no menu as such and you are not even really asked what you want. While I am sure you could intercede with a specific request, generally you are simply brought dish after dish of quality food. Now, the food is good but not great. The presentation is delightful–think coconut shells full of a tasty soup with a flower floating on top.

    My only real gripe here is that when the bill comes, invariably it is much more than you expected and it is very difficult in such an enchanted terrace to ask for something as vulgar as a price list to see what you had and what it cost.

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