Revolucion De Cuba, Harrogate
Graham Clark, Features Writer
It was a cold spring night outside when we visited Revolucion de Cuba in Harrogate, but on entering the Latin inspired restaurant & bar the warm atmosphere was evident straight away. On an early Friday night the clientele seemed to a mixed bunch of casual diners to people meeting up for a drink.
For those old enough to remember, the building used to house W H Smith but these days it is cocktails and margaritas that are the order of the day rather than cookery books and magazines.
It is certainly different - with the live music they have on Friday nights and weekends you could easily find yourself being entertained with Latin versions of All Night and Relight My Fire amongst others. Apparently the 3 piece who were performing were from Sheffield which is a bit nearer to Harrogate than Havana. Think of the band Incognito and you will get an idea of the jazzy Latin style of music.
It is quite an extensive menu though the Tapas seemed to be very popular. Monday to Saturday you can indulge with 3 for £14 or on Sunday they are 2 for 1. Mahou Lager is available at those times for £3.00 too which seems a good deal for Harrogate.
My partner and I decided on trying 3 of the Tapas which come as Veg, Meat or Fish. They also do other starters such as Spanish Olives and Crusty Bread. The crusty Bread at £2.50 wasn't crusty at all and did not live up to the description of being crusty, perhaps they need a trip across the road to Betty's for a proper crusty loaf!
It was a mixed bag with the Tapas which ranged from good to not so good: my Cheeseburger Tacos arrived lukewarm as did the Chicken Quesadilla. I got the impression they had been waiting to serve the Beef Fillet Skewer at the same time as this was piping hot and was excellent; things could only get better and thankfully they did.
My main of Caribbean Chicken Curry served with Caribbean spice was hot and the flavoured rice complimented the curry. Mind you I've had hotter curries in Bradford. It made up for the cold starters earlier.
My partner decided upon the Burrito Bowl - this is served without the wrap. She was of the opinion that the presentation could be better but it was made up by the appetising flavour of the dish. It was a generous serving too.
The desserts were first class - the Mango & Passion Fruit Cheesecake had a crisp base with a zesty topping of Mango and Passion Fruit, whilst my Chocolate Brownie served with vanilla ice cream was a delight. With both priced at £4.50 they were excellent value.
Coffee and milk was well presented too and it tasted strong and robust. After a poor start it turned out to be a good experience overall.
Apparently Sunday is a busy day when they have the Havana Good Time promotion, where they offer 2 for 1 Tapas and Cocktails along with coffee.
As a special offer to Yorkshire Times readers, anyone who books a table on line or in the restaurant to eat and mentions the Yorkshire Times at the start of their visit will receive the first round of drinks free for a table of up to 6 people.
Revolucion de Cuba 18-20 Parliament Street, Harrogate HG1 2QZ
Telephone 01423 226133
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Revolucion De Cuba, Harrogate, 8th May 2018, 23:05 PM