With ten years of experience serving up the Cuban experience, Cubana, in South West London, is an informal and charming bar and restaurant that serves traditional cooking and drinking based on fresh, healthy ingredients and cooking methods.
Once you’ve been in, you’ll understand that the name of the establishment is instrinsically linked with the atmosphere of the place – and the décor, which is full of props, flags and pictures hailing from the island of Cuba, which give it a fun feel.
To get the full Cubana experience, try a mojito (£4.95), made with fresh mint and freshly-squeezed lime juice mixed with organic raw cane sugar. If you get there for Happy hour (Mon – Sat, 5pm-6:30pm), you can get two for one on cocktails or sangria.
As a starter, croquetas de boniato y chorizo con salsa are pretty damn tasty and, as we were delighted to discover, they aren’t really fatty: organic chorizo and sweet potato croquettes with fresh, home-made tomato salsa. Cubana also has a range of vegetarian food, like vegetarian tapas (£7.95 to share).
You won’t be dissapointed by Pollo Criolo, a Cubana favourite, free-range chicken, casseroled in fresh orange, sherry, onions and garlic, served with fried plantain and black bean rice, for only £9.95.
If you want it all to yourself, Cubana is up for hire with a a private mojito bar and live music. Check the website for music schedules and menus and more. Happy Hour Mojitos – 2 for £6.95
48 Lower Marsh SE1 7RG