La Casa, Havana . Cuba
- Destination: Havana
- Open: Daily
- Address From: Calle 30 #865 e/ 26 y 41 Habana Nuevo Vedado Cuba
- Telephone: 53 7 8817000
Description Paladares: La Casa, Havana . Cuba
Tucked away on a residential street in the Nuevo Vedado neighborhood, La Casa is one of Havana's oldest private restaurants (known as a 'paladar' in local lingo). And it's a beauty. After passing through a pair of tiki torches, diners enter an extraordinary example of modern Havana architecture featuring a waterfall wall and blooming orchids stirred by the overhead fans and tropical breezes entering through clever open spaces.
The menu is more adventurous than most paladares, with mains like lamb with red wine and rosemary and curried chicken. Both are melt-in-your-mouth quality and served in filling portions. The starters are equally toothsome: try the octopus salad or the exotic eggplant tower laced with aromatic cinnamon, yogurt, and a trio of vegetables. This, combined with the cream of squash soup makes a good vegetarian option.
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La Casa is located in Havana
Capital of Cuba and the country's administrative, political, cultural and scientific center, it is also the capital of two provinces: City of Havana and Havana. Though only around 280 square miles (727 square kilometers) in size-0.65 percent of the archipelago's total area.
The Old Havana and system of forts led UNESCO to declare it a part of world heritage in 1982. Founded on its present site in 1519, the settlement of San Cristobal de La Habana prospered mainly due to its bay, which was a natural port of call for ships sailing to and from the New World. Starting in 1634, because of its strategic location, San Cristobal de La Habana was considered the key to the New World-as attested to by royal letters patent-and the main defense of the West Indies.
The Cuban capital consists of an immense number of buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, built in the course of nearly five centuries. These styles range from the pre-baroque to the baroque, neo-Gothic, neoclassical, eclectic, art noveau and art-deco, to the modern.
Alejo Carpentier, one of Cuba's most famous authors, called it "the city of columns" and focused attention on its streets, which he considered a perennially rich show of life, humanity and contrasts that was bound to entertain any observer.
Over 14 kilometers of excellent beaches lie to the east of the Cuban capital. To the south, a green belt contributes to a healthful atmosphere.