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Habana Yacht Club - San Carlos

Wendy-san | Dec 6, 2003 10:49 AM

Last night we decided to dine in the bar at the newly opened Habana Yacht Club, which is run by the same people as Habana on Van Ness in SF. I've never been to the latter and I am not real familiar with Cuban food. Overall, the food was okay but prices seemed high and the atmosphere was disappointing.

The restaurant used to be a Houlihan's and, frankly, other than photos of Ernest Hemingway plastered around and some mounted deep sea fish, it still as the feel of an upscale TGIF or some kind of Hemingway theme restaurant. Service was okay, but it took forever to get the check.

The two of us had three mojitos, which of course is the specialty here. They were tasty, but I prefer the mojitos I've had at Cetrella in Half Moon Bay, which are slightly sweeter. But that is just my particular taste.

We shared two dishes of empanadas. Crust was flaky and light. Also shared was an entree chicken salad (tasty, but strangely reminded me of one I've had at California Pizza Kitchen) and one entree of Medallones de Cerdo -- pork tenderloin. The latter was good but for 18.95 there were only two *tiny* pieces of pork. It came with fufu (some kind of mashed sweet potato?), black beans and white rice, served in separate bowls a la Chevy's.

The bill came to $75 without tax and tip. For dining in the bar that seemed way too high. Maybe we weren't careful with watching the prices but we definitely were not satiated and that pork dish was way too small.

I would not go back. A better bet is the charming La Bodeguita del Medio on California Avenue in Palo Alto. Have only eaten at the bar there as well, but it is a much more satisfying experience.

Habana Yacht Club
Next to San Carlos Airport
Off of Hwy 101
Next to Burger King

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