La Torre de Marfil Restaurants, Havana . Cuba
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- Mercaderes e/ Obispo y Obrapia, Havana City. Cuba
- Destination: Havana
- Open: Daily
- Telephone: (537) 8326256
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A place with a cozy and friendly atmosphere that reminds us of bygone days of trade with the East. The restaurant recreates the wisdom and savoir faire of those first Cantonese immigrants, who prepared their food on days of celebration over 150 years ago, always preserving red and gold as the colors used in Chinese celebrations. La Torre de Marfil has a main lounge, an air conditioned private lounge, a pagoda and a beautiful central courtyard or Chinese garden, all waiting to accommodate the customer. The specialty of the house is Fideo Cabello de Ángel, a traditional Cantonese dish that comes with shrimp, veal, pork or chicken. Other special dishes of the house are Chinese soups and wan toms, and special offers for vegetarians. La Torre de Marfil also has a shop specialized in Chinese products like traditional Chinese medication, tea and aromatic herbs.
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La Torre de Marfil is located in Havana
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La Torre de Marfil - Elegant and traditional, with good Chinese food, including arroz frito, a one-course meal with fried rice, vegetables and an assortment or meats. Not mush atmosphere but good value.
The only Chinese restaurant in old Havana is set on a very busy tourist throughfare through old Havana but never seems to attract the passing tourist trade. It is a shame since it is a peaceful place with reasonable food. Look out for the red Chinese lanterns hanging outside.
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