My wife and I just ate at Cafe Habana last night. Being lovers of Latino food we were looking forward to our visit. The review states that this is traditional Cuban food, no fusion here.
Well, it was unfortunately a hit and miss (mostly miss)type of a meal. The atmosphere is great. A small town house with tables very close to each other, a cool little bar with neat overhead lights, ceiling fans, Buena Vista Social Club playing loudly, definitely a hit. Our Mojito's were great and added to the atmosphere.
Of our appetizers the Tamal was quite good and tasty. The Empanada, on the other hand was baked (instead of fried), with thick chewy dough and bland filling (my wife's are WORLD'S better). Entress were on the whole dissapointing. The pot roast was very tender and tasty but the accompanying yucca and "saffron" rice were pasty and bland. The Lechon Asado was horrible. Dry, very fatty and bland bland bland. Tasted like it had no seasoning added at all. Even the couple sitting next to us said that their dishes (steak and whole fish) were bland and overdone as well. Upon mentioning my complaint to our waitress, the owner was apologetic and offered us a drink. We skipped desert and left.
It was truly a dissapointing meal. It was some of the blandest food I've had and nothing like the Cuban food my wife grew up eating. It's hard to believe that the owners are Cubans from Miami. In our book, Azafran and Cibucan are miles ahead of this place.