Sumptuous Lunch at El Floridita

Sumptuous Lunch at El Floridita

The interior of the restaurant was exquisite. Murals adorn the walls, velvet curtains hang heavily, separating the dinners from the noisy hustle and bustle of the El Floridita bar where musicians play and frozen Daiquiris are served. A great way to relax and sample the best of Cuba.Magnum Champagne bottles are lined up, the walls are adorned with murals. The decor is very 1950s, very seductive, very luxurious. The whole experience was wonderful and I would definitely recommend it.

The service was incredible. I am going to be like a child and talk about my favorite part of the meal, the dessert, first. Order the frozen Alaska and you will get a flambe display that you will never forget. At least I never will. The waiter wheels in a table with paraphernalia, liquors, a frying pan and stove. The signal is given and someone dims the lights. Your pudding is turned into a show for all the dinners to enjoy, but remember the most important thing, that only you will get to eat it! The show last around 5-10 minutes and the pudding is only $6. The fruit platter can also be flambeed if you are going for a lighter end to the very filling meal.

We ordered some of the lighter, smaller meals that were on offer. That evening we were preparing for the New Year’s Eve 7 course dinner banquet held in the Cathedral plaza. The presentation was lovely, the seafood was plentiful, although could have been a bit fresher. The bar was full but the restaurant was fairly empty so we had ample time and space to enjoy the surroundings and the atmosphere.

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See also Frozen Daiquiris at El Floridita for more pictures and information on the front bar

Frozen Daiquiris at El Floridita

Frozen Daiquiris at El Floridita

DSC_0912Old Hemingway, larger than life, props up the ornamental bar. It is said that it was he who invented the frozen Daiquiris which are now served here at the bar El Floridita– half jiggers of white rum, juice of two limes and half a grapefruit, six drops of maraschino liqueur, without sugar, served frozen. Whether this is fact, myth or legend, there is no doubting that Hemingway had a special penchant for life’s real pleasures and so it is no surprise that he and his wife drove into town specially to drink cocktails at El Floridita. The Daiquiris are most definitely the best ones in town.

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DSC_0914Much of the atmosphere of the 1940s and 1950s is still preserved, with the red coats of the bartenders matching the Regency style decoration that dates from the 1950s. The front of the bar is crowded and lively. Enjoy the live band and the vibrant atmosphere. A trip here is a must for all cocktail lovers.

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If however the front is too packed out or noisy, a great option is to enjoy a seafood meal in the El Floridita restaurant part.The music and the atmosphere can still be enjoyed here, but the air is cooler and it is far less busy.

See Sumptuous lunch at El Floridita for more information on the restaurant and pictures