After hearing all the good things about paladar San Cristobal on Trip Advisor, it was a must for my next trip to Havana.
I made a reservation on a Saturday afternoon in early February for the same night at 7PM. We walked along San Rafeal from Prado. The sun had set and it was just starting to get dark when we reached the paladar.
The venue was an old colonial style home. There was a narrow open air courtyard with a couple of tables that could accommodate 2 or 3 people each. There were two rooms inside with multiple tables in each. Our party of 4 was seated at a large table with big velvet chairs at the front of the house.
We started off with the "Mezedes de la casa" ($6) and bread & butter for four people ($2 each). The appie included:
-shrimp and calamari ceviche
-white fish ceviche
-cured ham (like a prosciutto but sliced thicker)
-bite sizes pieces of scallop potatoes
-variety of cheeses (including blue)
-type of croquette, deep fried with a batter
-sweet caramelized onions, like a chutney.
Appies were really good except the ham had some fat in it that made it too chewy.
For mains we ordered:
-Lonjas de cerado la campesina (pork loin in jus for $7)
-Fish with orange sauce ($10)
-Shrimp skewer ($10)
-veg rotini/fusilli (not on the menu $12).
Protein mains were a la cart and a good size for one person (no sharing), the pasta was in a massive bowl and could have been shared. For sides we ordered rice with black beans and puréed (mashed) potatoes that were pan fried to give them a crispy exterior. The pork loin is now one of my top 5 pork dishes. The tangy white wine jus with julienned peppers and onions had great flavour. The server said it was a "very cuban" dish and It was awesome! Shrimps were good, fish was cooked well but I personally don't dig on the orange sauce. Pasta was ok with a tomato sauce and veggies, but I like my tomato sauce with a kick (hot chilies). We had both the house red and white wines for dinner. Stick to bottles if you're a connoisseur.
We ordered one desert to share. A salty cheese with a sweet an firm fruit jelly (guava I think). The sweet and salty flavours complemented each other well.
After dinner we received complementary glasses of Havana club añejo especial, and robusto cigars. My cigar had a mild flavour and good draw. This must be standard at San Cristobal, and was a nice touch that sets the bar above the other nice paladares I have visited.
Service was great. Our waiter spoke English when we needed it.
We had 6 drinks between us (not including comped rums) and the bill came to $80 without tip.
San Cristobal is the best paladar I have experienced in Havana. Highly recommended! Order the Lonjas de cerado la campesina!
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