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A Cuban cafe and catering company in Old Ottawa South, located on 1200 Bank St.

Fried Yuca at Havana Cafe
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2010 Nov 17
I'm also curious as to what a group of about 20 people should order for a catered lunch. Havana Cafe is being considered.

Any suggestions?

2010 Nov 17
Ha! Google Maps shows it near Billings Bridge! Sorry for the error. Now, anyone want to write a review for the Old Ottawa South website? I'd be happy to publish it.

Glinda

P.S. Does anyone know what happened to Sixth Sense? Did it move or go out of business?

2010 Nov 16
Yes, Fresh Foodie, it is at 1200 Bank St, next to Buttercream Bakery, and is definitely in Old Ottawa South as you say. I was there yesterday.

2010 Nov 16
If it's at 1200 Bank Street, in the location formerly occupied by Sixth Sense catering, then it is in Old Ottawa South. Can anyone confirm either that Havana Cafe is in this location, or that its address is 1200 Bank? Thanks! :-)

2010 Nov 16
Hi folks:

Not to quibble, but the Havana Cafe is not actually in Old Ottawa South: OOS extends "between the bridges" as we like to say, from Rideau Canal in the north to Rideau River in the South. That isn't to say it can't be good, though :-) I haven't tried it, but I sure will cross that bridge when I come to it now...

Cheers, Glinda

2010 Nov 16
My experience was a bit different than the below review...

Spotted this place around lunchtime mid-week Nov 2010. Have been to Miami and developped an fondness for the 'classic Cuban sandwich' but have not found the equivalent in Ottawa so i went in with high hopes, plus Ottawa lacks little places like this trying something different so i was curious. I wasn't dissappointed - Havana Cafe's sandwich was better than i had down south. Solid slices of roast pork and ham, cheese and pickle on a crusty bun - so good. And the yucca and plantain were hot, lightly battered, and possibly addictive.

To be fair re the other review i think the place has been open maybe a week so there may be some start up pains. I understand they have other Cuban food (the good home-made style kind, not the bad resort crap)for take-out and will try that for dinner at some point.

Will go back, will send others. Will enter a 12 step program for plantain addiction.

2010 Nov 15
I heard some rumours of a new Cuban restaurant in town so headed over there around lunch time today to check it out.

I've been to Cuba 6 times. I go there for the sun, the beaches, the music, the lovely people - but I do not go there for the food. Sadly, I was reminded of this during my visit today.

It's a small place, with 3 tables, salsa music playing overhead, Cubita coffee displayed on shelves, and a glass case filled with sandwiches that you pick for them to grill for you. There are a few choices - pork, beef, vegetarian, a few hot specials, and yucca fries or plantain as accompaniments. I imagine most of their revenue and attention will be focused on the catering end of their business.

The restaurant has been open for a week. The server was left alone on her second day of work and did not know how to work the grill or the deep fryer - hence, the stone cold yucca fries and ice cold shredded beef sandwich that was served to me. Luckily, the chef (who is Cuban) returned while I was there, and so I continued to wait for my food after sending it back twice to be properly heated.

It was still cold after the third time, but I ate half my sandwich since I was starving by that point. It was good enough, but you can have better at Dirienzo's or Nicastro's. It was served with a small green salad with a few slices of avaocado. The yucca fries were tasteless and were accompanied by a garlic and lime dip which tasted of oil - and nothing else.

I really wanted to like this place. But without a Varadero beach in front of me, it's difficult to find a reason to come back here. Hopefully their menu and service will evolve over time.

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2016 Nov 22
The Yuca Fries are definitely worth ordering if you have a good appetite! Served piping hot, they have a crisp exterior, soft and fluffy interior, and they're tossed in a sweet chilli sauce that gives them an addictive quality. The garnish of onions goes very well too. Big thumbs up!




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