Havana restaurant offers ‘tasty, festive meals’
An innovative new restaurant in Havana, Cuba, is offering its customers “tasty and festive meals” for the holidays.
The menu at Cuban restaurant Sátima, located on the grounds of the Cuban National Palace, features a variety of traditional Cuban dishes like churros, ceviche, and Cuban coffee, but also “caviar sandwiches,” stuffed cabbage rolls, and more.
The restaurant is part of a new initiative called “Sátimá” (Savor the Feast), which was launched by Cuba’s Culture Ministry earlier this year.
Sáttima, which was founded in 2018, is one of the few restaurants in Havana to offer such a “traditional” menu.
It is also the first restaurant in Cuba to offer a vegan option.
“It’s an example of how food is not only about the cuisine and the ingredients, but about the people who make it,” says Francisco Lopez, the manager of Sáttaima.
“We are using ingredients and traditions that have been passed down for thousands of years, and that we can use in our cooking.”
The menu also features traditional Cuban fare like beef, pork, and pork belly, but adds other items such as “pancakes, meatballs, and churro,” as well as “chicken and veggie prawns, fried pork belly.”
In the past, Sátaima has served a vegan version of Cuban coffee called “Cachamón,” but the new menu is different in that it includes “all natural ingredients” in addition to coffee and cocoa.
“This is our first foray into this space and the first time that we are using cocoa and coffee in a menu,” says Lopez.
“Our aim is to create a menu that is different than the norm, so we have to find ways to make sure that we’re doing it in a way that we know is ethical.”
“Sánchez Cubano” restaurant opens at 9 a.m. on December 5, 2019, in Havana’s C.P.P., a city park that serves as a historic center for the Cuban Revolution and a place for tourists.
Photo by Carlos Pacheco.
Sánchex Cubano is one part of the new initiative that launched in Havana in 2018.
In addition to a menu featuring traditional Cuban recipes, the restaurant also offers a vegan menu that includes churrros, churritos, and other comfort food.
The company’s goal is to expand into other parts of the island.
“The aim of Sánchéz Cubana is to become a cultural center for people who don’t go to other cities,” says Carlos Pachano, the co-founder of Sásamó, an independent Cuban food company that is the coowner of Sanches Cubano.
Pachino was not able to share more about the restaurant’s menu in order to protect the identity of the owner.
“There are so many things about the menu that are really interesting,” Pachado says.
“Súchez cubano is a great restaurant, and we hope that it will become a great dining spot for people, because the food here is very, very different from the traditional menu.”
SánChéz cubana is one example of a place that has opened a vegan restaurant in the past.
The other restaurants in the Sántima menu are the “Cuban Kitchen,” a “churro bar,” a churrito joint, and a vegetarian restaurant.
Sanches cubano, which has its own menu, has also partnered with the restaurant of Cuban restaurateur Carlos Rún, and is now opening a chirrito joint in Havana.
“I am excited to serve my guests a food that is not something you can find in the restaurants in Cuba,” says Rúan.
“A place that serves traditional Cuban food, a restaurant that serves a vegan cuisine, and an island where we can learn about different cultures.
This is the way to take this opportunity.”