I think Trinidad, like many cities in Cuba, has an oversupply of restaurants/paladares these days. What else to explain so many inviting yet empty or almost-empty restaurants at supper time during high season? I think a lot of tourists in Trinidad are only there on day-trips from e.g. Varadero or Havana and don't stay for supper, those that are staying in hotels stick to the hotel restaurants, and many others gravitate to the already-crowded spots in the touristy centre of town, wary of the empty places just a few blocks away.
Fortunately we were brave enough to try several of these inviting but empty options, and Guitarra Mia was the best. A cosy, atmospheric spot with superb service and attention to detail.
The complementary crackers with 'pasta' (sort of a cream-cheese spread) was a nice touch. My wife and I share everything, and were also penny-pinching our last few CUCS, having only a few days left in Cuba, so we decided to order only one seafood soup. It was delicious, and when the chief waiter realized we wanted to share, he brought another bowl, not empty, but with extra broth and vegetables.
We also enjoyed the malanga (taro) chips, and shared a "peasant paella" with generous portions of chicken, beef, and goat. That plus drinks and dessert, and the bill came to a shade over 20 CUC, after which we were offered complementary cigars (we don't smoke, but they insisted we take them), and rum (my wife declined but I partook).
All the dishes were prepared and presented with skill and attention to detail. In summary, Guitarra Mia really stood out from the crowd.
The night we were there, a guitarist by the name of Anselmo was playing -- beautiful solo jazz on a classical guitar. If you go and can spare a set of classical strings, take them along for him as they are hard to get in Cuba!
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