Even if the food weren’t so fine – it is – this would be the place to lunch just to experience the glamour of pre-revolutionary Havana and the beauty of the setting overlooking the Straits of Florida.
On a sunny day, the Vistamar is a great choice. It’s at Avenida 1, 2206, between calles 22 y 24 l and has its own small parking lot in front. A quick ride by cab from the centre of Havana and even closer to the hotels in Miramar like the Melia Cohiba. Head upstairs in what is a lavish seaside home for a modern looking dining room. The balcony has a few tables directly overlooking the pool that are the first to be chosen.
The menu is quite large including a wide range of soups, starters including several seafood treats and mains particularly including fresh fish. I chose the tuna, although baked snapper was very appealing too. Seasonal variations and supply mean that not everything is available every day. It’s a tourist spot with prices in the CUC12-20 range. The menu includes translations into English.
Desserts are a big feature of the Vistamar and on the day I lunched there, everyone seemed to be indulging. I confess the key lime pie was wonderful and even better thanks to the blue Caribbean just outside!