Sick and tired of pseudo-italian diners in New England, my wife and I decided to try something different. We like Cuban food, and our standard, based on well established Cuban restaurants in Los Angeles, is pretty demanding.
We enjoyed our experience at Havana Cafe': small diner with basic but cozy decor, nice old posters on the walls, soft latin background music and very, very friendly staff. The menu is limited (a plus in this type of places !) but interesting. We ordered vaca frita with a side of yucca, and shrimp with garlic (I do not remember the exact name on the menu) with sweet plantains. Before they arrived, we were served garlic toasted bread that we finished quickly: it was very appetizing, and the service is not so fast (you have to be patient in a small establishment were food is not pre-cooked, and the shrimp had to be prepared as we ordered). Portion were generous and the quality of the food more than adequate (a 4 on a 1-5 scale). Being used to West Coast prices, the bill was a little steep, but not more than in other small restaurants of the same caliber on the East Coast, and the quality was way better than average ! We would definitely go back if we were again in the area. (We try to be objective in our scoring, and to us a "5" means a really outstanding experience)
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