Hidden Havana

Hidden in Wigan St, is one of Wellington’s best kept secrets. When dining/drinking here, you forget you’re in Wellington. This is so unique.  And big sorry peeps, I’m not sure what happened to my awesome photos but trust me on this one, and stay with me on this culinary journey. 

Havana bar and restaurant is truly a delight. Its dark, trendy, funky ambiance with great music, attracts a sophisticated crowd of all ages. My last visit was with hubby on New Year’s Eve a few years ago, trying their degustation menu. Mwah. This time was with friends who’d not eaten here before. Were they in for a treat!

We all had input into tapas choices which started off with glum faces when I ordered beetroot, goats cheese with walnuts and truffle honey. What? It was so divine of course and I had to order a second. Didn’t your mother tell you to not say you don’t like anything until you’ve tried it.  Foodietraveller knows best! This was followed by sauteed prawns in kashmiri chilli and garlic. These were our ultimate favourite of all and we ordered another later. The tapas are served in authentic spanish ceramic dishes which complement them beautifully.

For mains we shared roast duck with parsnip, cavalo nero, walnuts and pickled cherries. The savoury/sweet combo was fabulous and the duck just melted onto our forks. Pork belly with celeriac puree, prune and crackling was heaven and the boys ordered this again for dessert. Pork cheeks with apple and lime mash were delish followed by beef fillet skewers with sherry, oregano and shallot which were unfortunately bland, and needed more seasoning. Our sides were yams with wild thyme honey butter and brussel sprouts and chunky potatoes. Loved the yams but the fries were just ok.

Be warned, you will want to order everything and as you possibly can’t, you have to return. There are about 6 tempting desserts but we declined this time. They change the menu regularly and do seem to keep favourites. You also must must also go to the bathroom even if you don’t need to go. It’s hidden behind a bookcase door which gives the place that added Narnia touch.

You have to have your full party with you before you are seated, unless you have a large group. That’s how they roll here. Their bar on the other side is a cool place to hang though. We got a table likkety split as turnover is quite fast, so no groans from our party. Service is always consistently excellent.

Put a visit on your bucket list. You won’t be disappointed.

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