Calle Diez, a Pleasure for Your Palate
By: Mercy Ramos / Photos by José (Tito) Meriño
Elegance and sobriety are the words that come to mind when describing the restaurant Calle Diez. When you walk through the doors of this former mansion, its tranquil, pleasant environment immediately makes you feel at ease. Located in the western Havana district of Miramar, Calle Diez is a unique place, where the eclectic style of its ceilings combines with its modern interior décor, featuring the work of exceptional and talented Cuban artists like Alain de la Cruz, Lenore Herrera and Romar Herrera.
The lovely setting is accompanied by exquisite meals, skillfully prepared by Chef Lisette Rodríguez, one of the few women chefs in Cuba. Open from Monday to Saturday, noon to midnight, Calle Diez serves all different kinds of Cuban and international cuisine, featuring mainly red and white meat dishes, seafood and pasta. However, if you want something that is not on the menu, don't hesitate to ask for it, because the pleasant Lisette is always ready to work her magic and prepare it for you.
Morevoer, the chef is a graduate of the Formatur cooking school, which is part of Cuba's tourism training institute. She may be young, but she has plenty of culinary experience, something that is reflected in the magnificent fragrance, flavor and presentation of all of her dishes.
Another distinctive feature of Calle Diez is that it has facilities for hosting family parties, birthdays, weddings, business dinners and other celebrations.
For an unforgettable visit, this writer recommends that you try the conejo estofado con garbanzos (rabbit stew with chickpeas), which will more than meet your expectations.
Green Salad with Feta Cheese and Oregano
Red and green peppers
Oregano dressing and olive oil
Slice all vegetables. Mix and add dressing.
Cocktail Gustav Klimt (Named after an Austrian painter. Reproductions of his work adorn the walls of Calle Diez)
1 oz. Pineapple juice
1.7 oz. Gin
3 drops of Blue Curacao liqueur
2 mint twigs
Pour ice cubes in a 10 ounce glass. Gradually add all other ingredients to create an illusion of different color tones. Decorate with mint and cherry.
Calle 10 # 314 e/ 5ta. Avenida y 3ra., Miramar, Playa