The private restaurant (palate) Lair became famous, in addition to its excellent Cuban cuisine, as one of the main stages of the film by Tomas Gutierrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio "Strawberry and Chocolate" in 1993. The owners Enrique and Odeisys have created a very special environment to enjoy the best gourmet food Creole. It also helps the cozy atmosphere with soft lighting, fine linens, silverware and good Cuban music playing in the background.
In those years the Cuban government decided to legalize the "palates" (popular name that has its origin in a Brazilian soap opera and which were known in Cuba private restaurants), and so opened on July 14, 1996 the palate "La Guarida".
The palate is located on the third floor of a building without restoring Centro Habana at Concordia 418. The mansion, which dates back to 1913, originally known as The Mansion Camagüey, shows its former grandeur with a magnificent gateway wood and stunning marble stairs.
The beauty of the building catches the visitor to enter, but before reaching their destination may feel the Cuban daily, the voices of residents of a multifamily building with clotheslines and hanging clothes.
The authentic restaurant opened in 1996, after being the house that was the main venue for the filming of the classic film Fresa y Chocolate. then it is a unique experience for those who decide to approach the tradition of the island, as may encounter movie objects, portraits of Martí on the walls, beautiful symbols of Cuban religion as statues, virgins and sunflowers. The warm lighting, candles on the tables and antique lamps, cause great mix of emotions.
The food is the best of Havana, a fascinating example of the "NouvelleCuisine" basis using traditional Cuban dishes. You can sample varied, creative and tasty combinations with high quality ingredients. Although the dishes are based on traditional Cuban cuisine, exquisite international recipes, adapted to our customs, seasonings and flavors are offered.
The Osobuco Ravioli with sauce and perfume PinotGrigio marrow, is suggested by the chef. Cheese Ravioli with Pesto Sauce and Spinach Crepes with Funghi sauce, stuffed chicken, can also make dream the palate.
The wine exhibits many offers that can satisfy demanding customers with high purchasing power, the champagne BrutVeuveClicquot is an example. If you love to snuff, Lair has a Habanos reserved for smokers lounge. Quick service and friendly treatment of dependents make your stay more enjoyable, though it will add 10% to your account.
Lair is a very popular restaurant and usually quite full, which should book to attend, high demand despite having high prices that encourage foreign assistance almost alone public. Open every day from 12:00 until 15:00 and then from 19:00 until 24:00, so we recommend booking in advance.
The great personalities who have gathered in this busy place as heads of state and celebrities like Steven Spielberg, Jack Nicholson, Uma Thurman, Fito Paez, Naomi Campbell, Danny Glover, Beyonce, to Pedro Almodovar, Chucho Valdes and Pablo Milanes show that is an exceptional destination.