Saturday, March 23, 2013

Atelier, Havana, Cuba


After the big succes of the (world-)famous paladar La Guarida, many other private owned restaurants have popped up in Havana. One of them is Atelier and make that a very sophisticated one.

The surprise of getting there is almost as overwhelming as the entrance to La Guarida. I arrived by cab, at dusk, after heavy rain showers. Streets were wet and empty… and I really didn’t know where I would end up.

That feeling when you finally get out of the car and you see the villa where Atelier is located, is indescribable. The door swings open and there you are… in an oasis of tranquility, soft music, candlelight and gorgeous paintings on the wall!

The menu is handwritten every day, giving you that extra special feeling. (Although the reasons behind it are far more down-to-earth… not all ingredients are available on a regular basis in Cuba. Therefore chefs have to be very inventive!)

People who have visited Cuba before will know, the food in state-owned restaurants isn’t always that good (understatement). So finding a place like Atelier is a true blessing. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the dishes arrive… cheese, salmon, a huuuge portion of grilled vegetables… and it was al amazing! Not to mention the mouthwatering desserts and the wonderful wines.

On one hand, it was a pity that the weather was bad and we couldn’t have dinner outside on the rooftop, but on the other hand, it made the evening more intimate, since the atmosphere inside was magical. Next time I’m in Havana, I will definitely go back!

Calle 5ta., No. 511 altos, entre Paseo y 2,
Vedado, Havana,
Tel.: +(537) 836 2025

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