Ivan Chef Justo Paladar

When you take sophisticated, contemporary cuisine and serve it up in an atmospheric 250-year-old house, you've got a pretty unique dining experience. Celebrated as one of Havana's most stylish dining establishments, Ivan Chef Justo is a restaurant worthy of seeking out. Despite being located in one of the city's tricky to find backstreets, the imaginative cooking and atmospheric setting is a magnet for those seeking a culinary experience that's just little bit special.

Situated on the building’s second floor, this quirky restaurant has the kind of faded charm that typifies so many of the capital’s crumbling paladars. The walls are adorned with vintage images of old Havana and iconic Hollywood movie stars – harking back to the glory years when American’s well-heeled and fabulous would swoon into town.

One floor up, there’s a more secluded dining room and a pretty little outdoor terrace – both good options if you’re looking for a quieter spot to enjoy your meal.

When it comes to the calibre of the cuisine, Ivan Chef Justo is a restaurant with style and substance to match. The Instagram-worthy dishes are carefully crafted works of art but they deliver on flavour, too.

That’s largely down to how Chef Justo and his team source their produce. Each morning, the local markets are scoured to seek out the best ingredients on offer that day. While this means certain dishes aren’t always available, it does ensure everything that makes it over the pass is as fresh as it comes.

The dishes that regularly get the plaudits at Chef Ivan Justo include the elegant takes on much-loved classics including seafood paella and hearty home-made pastas, while crowd-pleasers like tender suckling pig and rack of lamb get the big thumbs up.

The menu also features rabbit, beautifully cooked steaks and slightly less familiar offerings such as the baby eels salad – a Spanish delicacy to tempt those looking for something a little different to the standard Cuban fare.

For anyone that wants to discover what Havana’s gourmet food scene is like, rest assured - booking a table at Ivan Chef Justo will give you the experience you’ve been looking for.

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