Reviews Restaurant La Fontana
September 12 2010
Name: La Fontana Publisher
I had: Dinner at: 08/03/2010
With how many people?: 4
La Fontana Havana Restaurante Paladar
SPECIAL REVIEW FOR LA FONTANA HAVANA
"Discovering LA FONTANA"
by: Felipe Sarduy de Melo
It was our first night in Havana and we are crossing one of the two tunnels that run under the Almendares river, close to its delta on the north cost and, suddenly, the most beautiful avenue of the city opens up in front of us. The intense white of the Fuente de las Amécas strikes us as does, a hundred meters beyond, the surprising clock tower that stands on the promenade that separates the two parts of 5th Avenue. The two pieces designed circa 1921 by the famous New York architect, George H. Duncan, who also made the monument in memory of Ulises S.Grant.
We make way toward inner Miramar. Up until 1959, this neighbourhood was exclusively inhabited by the wealthiest Cubans. Thus, its architectural diversity and the many palace like houses that combine new and old.
At the hotel I had asked where to dine in Havana and another guest that heard me, a foreigner as I, said to try La Fontana. Intrigued by the name of the place I asked for directions on how to get there. It is close to sea, I was told, not far but yet away from the down-town bustle. Miramar has been a residential area since the early XX century. Today, while keeping its main characteristic, is also host to diplomatic missions and modern hotels, it is tranquil and silent.
After I parked on the corner of 46 and 3a Avenue, we found out more about La Fontana and what makes it unique. It is a refined and cosy restaurante-paladar, ideal for a relaxed dinner in good company, it is the place to enjoy a delicious modernized version of traditional Cuban cuisine, its specialty. In my first visit I tried the octopus with pesto and my friends cobo with aged rum.
A traveller relates what he sees and what he hears. He also speaks about what he eats. I may not be able to convey to the fullest my experience in La Fontana but I am definitely happy that I followed the suggestion of that other visitor that suggested I try La Fontana; it was worth it...
August 5 2009
Name: Jorge Medina
The best place in the havana...just ...the best
La Fontana has been one of the most upmarket paladares for some years and has a steady clientele. Grilled meat and seafood, including octopus, snails and fish, are the speciality.
Author: Lonely Planet
Habana discovers the barbecue or, more to the point, the full-on charcoal grill. Huge portions of meat and fish are served up in this amiable place, so go easy on the starters, which include quails' eggs, fried chickpeas, and crab mixed with eggplant. La Fontana specializes in everything you'll never see elsewhere in Cuba, from lasagna to huge steaks. Big-shot reviews from Cigar Aficionado and the Chicago Tribune testify to the burgeoning legend.