On the top floor of a spectacularly dilapidated Havana tenement, La Guarida's lofty reputation rests on its movie-location setting (Fresa y chocolate was filmed in this building).
The food is up there with Havana's best, shoehorning its captivating blend of Nueva Cocina Cubana into dishes such as sea bass in a coconut reduction, and chicken with honey and lemon sauce.
Enjoy the food, the custom cocktails and the cordial staff while being part of the cuban experience. Highlights from the mojito menu include the best-flavored drinks to pair with Cuban tipycal appetizers and crispy plantain chips. The interior space evokes memories of the bygone tropical island that lingers in the hearts of all cubans and visitors.
Cuban cuisine is a fusion of Native American Tainofood, Spanish, African, and Caribbean cuisines. Some Cuban recipes share spices and techniques with Spanish and African cooking, with some Caribbean influence in spice and flavor.
This results in a unique, interesting and flavorful blend of the several different cultural influences, with strong similarities with the cuisine of the neighboring Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. A small but noteworthy Chinese influence can also be accounted for, mainly in the Havana area. During colonial times, Cuba was an important port for trade, and many Spaniards who lived there brought their culinary traditions along with them.