After days of eating bad overpriced food food from Paladares, BBQ's, pizzarias and neighborhood eateries we finally discovered Casa Espanola. The restaurant, once the mansion of Batistas Minister of Finance, is something right off the set of El Cid. A giant Moorish castle of a house with beautiful lighting and landscapeing outside and the old world interior of Itialian tile and cornished ceilings. Super air conditioned it was almost too cold but still a welcome relief from Havanas humid summers. They had a very complete menu with delicious steaks, seafood and chicken. The wine list was lacking. A warning: stay away from Cuban wine. The service was excellent and the dinning experience was the best we experienced in Havana in our ten day visit. The prices were half what we had to pay as foreigners in a local paladari (Casa Espanola is a government restaurant while all the paladaries are private and heavily taxed, hence the high prices). This was an excellent dinning experience- food, service, ambiance and pricing were unbeatable in Havana.
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