‘With the notable exceptions of rum drinks, black beans, fat brown cigars, the smiles of pretty girls, hot yellow sunlight, and fat men with guitars and bongos playing mambos, rumbas, and boleros late into the night, nothing in Cuba comes easily’ – Jonathan Miles
*Our meal was complimentary in return for an honest review*
Cuba is somewhere that Dave and I hold dear to our hearts as not only is it where we got engaged it’s (perhaps more importantly) where we discovered the Cuba Libre cocktails which has been the Newman cocktail of choice ever since.
As you know I’ve been trying to pull together a guide of places to go in Newcastle city centre for a Sunday lunch. Every guide needs an alternative option or a break from the norm, so with summer approaching, if you’re not in the mood for a full Sunday roast then Revolucion de Cuba has got you covered.
Our invitation to try the Cuban twist on a Sunday lunch coincided perfectly with the re-opening of their roof terrace for the summer season as well as their 2-4-1 Sunday offers on tapas and cocktails. Thankfully the weather gods were shining on us and although it wasn’t quite warm enough to sit outside, the fact it was sunny really brightened the place up. They’ve done a great job with décor; really capturing that holiday feel and within two sips of my Man’s Ruin cocktail (Spice Hunter rum with amaretto and lime, topped with Coca-Cola Zero) I could easily have been back in the Caribbean.
We decided to share some tapas so we could sample as much of the varied menu as possible. They recommend sharing 3 as a starter or 6 as a main course and decided on:
- Cheeseburger tacos (Seasoned beef topped with melting Manchego cheese)
- Pork Belly Skewers (Pork belly skewers roasted in our signature spicy rum sauce, topped with pico de gall)
- Chicken Quesadilla (Crisp grilled brushed with paprika, filled with marinated chicken, onion, mixed peppers and melted cheese)
- Shredded Beef Chilli Nachos (Crunchy nachos topped with shredded beef chilli, manchego cheese sauce, mango salsa and guacamole)
- Jacon Croquettas (Crispy Iberico ham croquetas served with mixed peppers and garlic aïoli for dipping)
- Lime & coconut prawn tostada (With sour cream, lettuce and pickled chillies)
We tried to pick a good variety whilst also choosing some of our favourite things. The standouts for me were undoubtedly the pork belly skewers, which were incredibly meaty and tenders without being fatty and the prawn tostada which had to the perfect amount of coriander on to have that Mexican flavour, with three jumbo king prawns on each crispy tostada. Despite my reservations that 6 plates might not be enough for our notorious appetites, they were pleasantly filling, so much so in fact we didn’t have room for pudding (although I had a side eye on their Churros I must admit).
Special mention needs to go to the extensive drinks menu, we both tried two of their new additions; the afore mentioned Man’s Ruin and the Tiki Punch (Spice Hunter and Appleton Estate Signature Blend rums, with amaretto, pineapple, cranberry, lime and passion fruit) which tasted amazing, were made with real fruit juices and had a good hit of booze in them.
We’re massive fans of Mexican food, and all other things Caribbean for that matter so Revolucion De Cuba as a welcome edition to the Newcastle nightlife scene. Whether you want to salsa the night away with the girls or have a chilled meal with your other half they’ve got something for everyone. I’ll be back for sure, if only to conquer the churros!