After researching different dining options, we thought we'd check out Cafe Havana. There was a discounted coupon on Restaurant.com which made the choice even easier. Driving up, it was very easy to spot with lighted fake palm trees outside - which I thought was cute. Certainly a way to draw attention to the place. We had a reservation and were seated immediately. It was 7pm on a Saturday but it wasn't really busy yet. The ambiance was perfect, soft lighting, nut not so much that you couldn't see the menu (I HATE that). Minimal yet tasteful decorations. No photos of RIcky Riccardo thank goodness! Music was a bit too low at times and thankfully no cheesy Babaloo stuff.
Our waitress was very friendly and extremely helpful. She suggested a drink that she describes as tasting like a piña colada and red sangria. We took her suggestions. The coconut milk drink was very good, laced with cinnamon, but the glass was filled with ice and there was too little of the drink. Sangria was very well done, with bits of fruit in it. My biggest issue with the drinks was the price: $10 for the coconut drink and $8 for a small glass of sangria.
Dinner began with very tasty bread and a mango butter spread. I ordered skirt steak and garlic shrimp combo with sweet plantains. It came with a garnish of julienned veggies. Presentation was very artful. Steak has a good flavor but was chewier than I expected for marinated steak. The shrimp was good but not as garlicky as I would have liked. I can't complain about the dish but I wouldn't order it again.
DH had chicken stuffed with veggies and mozzarella with tostones, which he really enjoyed. I had a taste and thought it was very good. For dessert we chose banana fritters with chocolate sauce and ice cream. Again, they were good, but not float in the air, text all your friends and marry the dessert good. Being a dessert maniac, there have been desserts I would marry in a heartbeat (sorry darling husband - but how can any man compete with a melt in your mouth, tickle your tastebuds dish of sweet heaven).
Service was impeccable. Our water glasses were never even half empty, and our waitress checked back often enough to make sure we were happy but not so much to be intrusive.
My major issue was the noise level. Once the room started filling up, the resonance of the conversations was so loud it made the last part of our meal uncomfortable. The bill for three drinks, two entrees and one dessert came out to $125 which I think is pricey for what we had. I saw couples who also had appetizers and many more drinks. I shudder to think what their bills were. All in all I would return. Have to try that coconut shrimp served on skewers in a coconut and the empanadas. Ay caramba!
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