During the first evening of our two weeks Cuban holiday, we preferred to have the recommendations of the customer relations dept. of the Melia Hotel.
The restaurant is at a walking distance, a family owned private one (paladar). Together with some local side dishes, we ordered chicken cordon bleue, majority of the sides and the main dish were breaded and very greasy, in addition, ham and cheese in the main dish was scarce.
I have the opinion that, plenty of locals spinning around to recommend you one those countless paladars. they definitely have some relations with them and consequently, after so many nice words about those restaurants you expect something and you end up with disappointment.
Briefly, Cuban dishes look nice until you taste and thats all. If you go to a state owned one (1900 for ex.) you eat the same amount, probably slightly more or less tasty, the difference for me is negligible. At least you won't be upset with an exagerated check (like in Vistamar,Havana) relative to Cuban standards.
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