While atmospheric and traditional paladars abound in Cuba, there’s an emerging scene of new restaurants that are looking beyond the country’s borders for inspiration. D’Doce is owned by an ambitious young Cuban entrepreneur who spent a good amount of time working in the Canary Islands. One glance at the menu and you’ll realise that his experience in Europe has greatly influenced the cuisine his restaurant proudly serves up.
There’s an extensive and eclectic range of dishes inspired by the fresh flavours of the Mediterranean. Spanish, French and Italian dishes populate the menu, but there’s still notable influences of Cuban cooking styles throughout.
Seafood features heavily – making use of Cuba’s rich, natural bounty. Try the wonderful seafood casserole, the fresh fish served with mashed plantain and slices of sweet potato. Meat lovers will delight in the juicy Uruguayan steak and the roasted chicken with sticky honey and fresh lemon.
The menu is also packed with plenty of tasty vegetarian options including a hearty pumpkin soup with parmesan cheese and a deliciously creamy aubergine caviar. Those with a sweet tooth will also delight in the range of generous desserts.
The growing reputation of D’Doce is down to the successful relationship of the young owner and his talented head chef – Vladimir Febles Fuentes. Having worked as head chef in two other top dining establishments in Havana, Vladimir brings a wealth of experience and cooking flair. D’Doce is based on the concept of offering a local and contemporary take on European cuisine – a liberating experience for head chef Vladimir who has been allowed a kind of creative freedom that’s yielding fabulous results.
Given the consistently impressive dishes being turned out, D’Doce represents fantastic value for money. It’s also the perfect place for big groups and its informal dining room, friendly local service and fabulous dishes are ideal to share and enjoy among friends and family.
D’Doce’s ambitious young owner is also incredibly accommodating and if you phone ahead he’ll even arrange the décor to suit the way you want it. You’ll be hard pressed to find customer service like this anywhere else in the city.
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