I’m not sure why me and the bloke haven’t been here sooner, given our penchant for Latino food. We knew Revolution De Cuba is comprised of a cantina and a nightclub but what we didn’t expect was for the music in the cantina to be at the same volume as a nightclub! It was only 9.00pm, however it was a Friday night. I’d love to know what it’s like during a week night, any ideas?
The decor has some industrial and authentic touches and there are different kinds of seating for all occasions and sizes of parties. There’s a mini dance floor and still plenty of room in front of the bar and for tables. I’d describe it as eclectic but cohesive and very upbeat.
After we had yelled to each other about what we were ordering and then conveyed that to our waiter, we started to relax and got used to the atmosphere. We aren’t exactly the retiring type but we were so glad we’d downed a few beers before arriving!
We both have problems with our concentration and following things we are reading and being veggie we need to find specific items, so knowing the menu is creatively designed like a newspaper we studied it on line first – phew! Considering the place was packed the service was incredibly prompt and I could always get our waiters attention easily.
For starters we ordered two tapas each: Quesadilla with cheese, peppers and aubergine – delicious, Patatas Bravas – needed more garlic topping, Honey Roast Veg – heavenly, Nachos Del Sol – I really appreciated the mango and black beans for a twist. We managed to miss the Cajun Cream Mushrooms which we wished we’d ordered instead of the the potatoes – ah well, next time.
At this point we ordered a Banana Colada cocktail for two which I thought was great value for money at under £8.00. It was one of the most delicious sweet things (including deserts) I’d ever tasted!
For mains we both ordered the Baked Halloumi in a banana leaf with spicy rice and salad (one of two veggie choices), with a side of onion rings (one of many veggie choices) that were jaw-droppingly big! I’ve eaten a lot of halloumi either with mild yoghurt sauce or jerk seasoning but I’d never tasted halloumi as amazing as this! It was tangy, smokey, spicy and totally unique. We both wished there were more pieces of halloumi cheese and less rice because for veggies this is the main protein part of the dish, the ‘meat’ for veggies if you like.
It was a real need, not a decision to skip desert as we both really needed to walk rather than role out of the place.
Something that really annoyed me was when I told our waiter we had both finished and could I have the bill. He promptly handed it to my boyfriend! Yes, it was very insulting but also a real shame because I’d deliberately chosen to take the bloke out for a treat, so he could relax and not worry about the cost of our enjoyment but it got placed right in front of him! I flung myself across the table to try and cover it up but wasn’t quick enough. Our waiter (who shall remain nameless) found this amusing – we did not.
I have never danced in my seat through an entire meal before and I really look forward to doing it again, maybe with a few more cocktails next time!