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“Nice atmosphere but nothing authentic”
Review of La Bodeguita del Medio - CLOSED

La Bodeguita del Medio
Price range: $10 - $50
Cuisines: Cuban
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Perfect Mojito as in Havana, unique Cuban dishes, fantastic ambience, wonderful rhythms of Cuban songs, passionate salsa... In Bodeguita you always feel the real spirit of Cuba.
Reviewed August 31, 2013

If you are looking for Cuban food or culture, stay away. There isn't a single dish here that is truly authentic, with the exception of the "Moros y Cristianos" (black beans and rice, cooked together) and that was very bland. Even a dish like "Ropa Viaja" which is always made from flank steak, was transformed into a pork dish. The live trio was good, blaring songs of the "Gypsy Kings" genre, but, again, nothing Cuban about them. On the other hand, if you just want a beer or an ok mojito, the atmosphere is pretty nice. The bar area gets crowded, but plenty of dining room upstairs or downstairs.

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2  Thank Dan C
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Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

La Bodeguita is probably the place I visit the most. It has a great cuisine, huge mojitos and loud visitors – just the spirit I love. The prices are quite moderate, the mojitos are yummy and the service is no worse than anywhere in Kiev.

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Thank Zaliznyak
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I came here, after having visited the same franchise in Milano, with a good impression of it regarding cocktails and rum available in the house for tastings.

The food is not bad by any means, and i was satisfied with it, with no complaints at all.

The cocktails however, left me gobsmacked, as i couldn't believe that the bottle flinging barman behind the counter didn't have it in his repertoire any sort of Mojito or Caipirinha.

The least i'd expect from anyone at La Bodeguita del Medio, is that they can do a good Mojito and what i got served was a glass that as it was being prepared i couldn't believe my eyes, way too much soda, no Limes (literally, no limes at all) almost no rum and incredible as this might seem, the whole thing was being stirred (soda and all).

I can only say that if that barman had spend half the time he spent to learn how to fling a bottle in the air, on the internet trying to find out how to do a Mojito i would have been a much happier client.

PS: the Caipirinha was not done with cachaça as it should, and had so little sugar in it that i just couldn't feel the will to drink it, all in all if both the "mojito" and the caipirinha i got served had been poured into the same glass, i might have just had a sort of a mojito...

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Thank CookiesMonster
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Here you have a taste of cuban mojito! Great atmosphere, full of people, cuban music, especially at the end of the week.
Good cuisine

Thank Maria K
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

I like them burritos!!
This restaurant is most of the time full so you've to fight for a table but if you can have a dinner there you can't miss the mohito and the burritos : this are super!!!!!

Thank yuriza1986
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