Castropol a must-visit restaurant
By: Cary Chaviano, Photos by José Tito Meriño
Besides its enviable location, facing Havana’s Malecón (sea wall), the Castropol restaurants offer an unmatched option of Cuban, international and fusion cuisine.
The Castropol Society opened the two restaurants with the same name – on the ground and first floors – on April 10th, 2010, after a period of restoration.
The lounge on the ground floor, with capacity for 70 guests, offers dishes from Cuban and international cuisine, specializing in charcoal grilled meat and seafood in barbecue, chirrichurri or tartar sauce, as well as pastas and pizzas. The ground floor also serves the much-in-demand typical tamal en cazuela, ground corn stew. This is a very pleasant place to dine, amid numerous ornamental plants, especially in the inner patio where furniture and décor accord with the 1920s style of the building.
The first floor, with space for 90, offers the fusion cuisine, a culinary style that prepares typical Cuban dishes using spices from France, Spain and other lands, without losing the traditional essence.
A special addition is the terrace, where diners can contemplate the intense blue sea and the breaking of the waves just across the street. This, together with the friendly and highly professional attention of the staff, not to mention the delicious food, will surely make this a “must visit” restaurant whenever you come to Havana.
Number 107 on the Malecón, between Genio and Crespo Streets in Centro Havana.
Telephone (53-7) 862-1667