An American’s quest for good Latin American food in Germany continues
The different cuisines of Latin America hold a very special place in my heart.
Cuban, Puerto Rican and Mexican cuisines all have their differences, even within their own countries. You’ll find foods that are earthy, spicy, and fruity – sometimes all at the same time – and when done right, this is one of the best foods there is.
Is this possible in Germany? I intend to find out. A good mole, mofongo or arroz con pollo is as comforting as a hug from my grandmother. So I was very excited to try Havana Restaurant and Cocktail Bar.
The restaurant is on the ground floor of an apartment building and located opposite the Aukammtal park in Wiesbaden.
The restaurant layout is L-shaped, with most of the seating towards the rear of the restaurant and the bar at the front. The interior was a bit dark, but the front seats had huge picture windows.
The menu includes over 20 starters and 40 main courses, and the drinks come from all over Latin America.
To start off, we ordered the Plato la Habana for two. The dish was accompanied by shrimp, calamari, chicken kebabs, potato wedges, fried mozzarella sticks, stuffed olives, pepperoncini, feta cheese, guacamole and sour cream. Some of these things don’t exactly scream Cuba. But there was enough food on this plate to be a main course for two, and it was all good.
The main course is when things start to go wrong. My friend ordered the rolla a la abuela, basically a fried burrito with ground beef, sweet corn, onions, potatoes, kidney beans, tomatoes, chili sauce and a Cuban cream sauce. The ground beef tasted like it had no seasoning, while the cream sauce was a bit strange and off-putting.
The arroz con pollo was accompanied by rice, chicken fillets, leeks, peppers, broccoli, red beans, bean sprouts, sour cream and chili sauce. It confused me when I saw it because it looked nothing like any arroz con pollo I have ever had.
It smelled good, though. If they had called it a Mexican stir-fry I would have agreed. It was tasty for the most part, but I just couldn’t get past the broccoli and bean sprouts.
Havana prices are fair and the English speaking waiters were friendly. With that in mind, I would come back for drinks and appetizers, but not for dinner.
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Havana Restaurant and Cocktail Bar
Address: Sonnenberger Strasse 32 65193 Wiesbaden
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 5 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1:15 a.m. close on Sunday; delivery from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Times may change with pandemic restrictions.
Prices: About 10 to 20 euros for most meals.
Menu: German and English.
Information: Telephone: 0611-599-0266; Online: havana-restaurant.de