This is the first floor restaurant in the building of the Federation of Asturian (Spanish) Associations in Cuba, located conveniently close to the Parque Central, and next door to the Parque Central Hotel. Like many of the Habana restaurants this one is also located in an magnificent interior inside of an 18th century palace and well worth the visit. The two restaurants here (“The Terraza” restaurant on rooftop level is described somewhere else.) are of a semi-governmental type, since the Spanish society has a saying here, which means that they are above the (bad) standard of typical government run facilities. The service is attentive and fast, unlike in other places you won’t have to wait an eternity before your food arrives. However, like in most government restaurants I don’t know why I always get the feeling that the male waiters are part-time Police officers as well. I had a lobster day: The lobster cocktail was a nice cup of tasty lobster pieces served in a coconut shell. The presentation was nice and the taste was excellent. As a main course I had the grilled butterflied lobster tail, again, nice presentation and excellent taste, grilled to perfection without being dry. The dish comes with the typical rice and black beans, thankfully however served in separate bowls. The grilled lobster is one of the most expensive many course meals (15 CUC) and was worth it. Don’t leave Havana without having tried their excellent “Ropa Vieja” (“Old clothes”), served with beans and rice, a large fresh salad, and their signature bread basket. Sometimes the chef gets overly creative in regards to the presentation, some of his "food structures" however, collapse on the way from the kitchen to your table. The homemade grissini (bread sticks) are fabulous. Bathrooms will not match your expectation, maybe you want to bring your own wet wipes, or hand sanitizer. Try also the night club on the same floor, just walk past the bar and you will find it behind a big wooden door. “Asturias Restaurant” is one of the few restaurants in Habana I can recommend.
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