Habana 64 opened its doors in the Bagdad Centre in April 2018, adding delicious new cuisine to the great selection of restaurants in our town. We visited in September to welcome them as members of We Are White River.
Inspired by a trip to Cuba, John and Lyn Davis blended Cuban, Portuguese, French and Mediterranean cuisine into a tapas style taste sensation. Not only is the food delicious, the Cuban theme is referenced in the dish names.
How about “Granma’s Juicy Thighs”, which really are juicy and named for the boat Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 others sailed to Cuba to start the revolution. Then there are Papas Zucchini Balls, a reference to Papa Ernest Hemingway who lived and wrote in Cuba. There are other Cuban favourites and we recommend working your way through the menu via several visits. The Spicy Seared Tuna stays on the list of ‘must-haves’ however many times we return. The menu is vegan friendly too.
Hemingway’s favourite drink, the Mojito, is served alongside other classics such as Cuba Libre, Pina Colada and of course Raspberry Daiquiris, named for the small village in Cuba. Yes Rum is clearly a feature at Habana 64, but the Gin and Tonic on tap is sure to get the attention of Slowvelders who just love their GnT. Yes there is also beer on tap! Habana has 6 variations of “Drinks on Tap”, including Stella Artois, Heineken, Castle Lite, Sabie Blond, Savanna Cider & Endless Gin & tonic.
The service is friendly and slick, the late night vibe is attractive and chilled lunches on the deck are what Slowveld Summers are for. Winter nights are made cosy with a friendly and warm cast iron wood burner.
Much thought has gone into the décor and it shows in clean lines, bright colours and a fresh feel that says chill. We love the fact that richly talented locals have contributed to the design, furniture and decoration that make one want to walk into Habana 64 and stay there for a while.
John and Lyn are often around chatting to customers and the music is super cool. We know from their other endeavours, these guys do it well.
Habana 64 is open from Wednesdays through to the Sunday lunchtime family roast. These lunches are the exception to the rest of the week, which is reserved for those 18yrs and over (nice to have a place to chill without the kids). The restaurant is also good for functions, even as many as 200 people. (and it had free wifi so is good for a working lunch)