With a chain of restaurants around the UK, Revolución de Cuba has opened up in the heart of Newcastle, nestled in the hustle and bustle of the city’s popular Cloth Market. Their story states… Through our doors you’ll find an incredible fusion of classic Art Deco and Cuban-inspired décor, dotted with funky tiki tables for dining and, of course, the dancefloor – the perfect place for hosting unforgettable fiestas. Soak up the sunshine on our Santiago Sun Terrace, sip rum in our Havana Club bar or book your own private area and party the night away in Castro’s Corner… Whatever you fancy, Revolución de Cuba Newcastle has got you covered. Call me Christopher Columbus – I’m going on a voyage to Cuba…
On first sight, the restaurant has a vibrant, flamboyant yet authentic style. It has a unique feel and sets about portraying the cultures of Cuba whilst making links to Newcastle when possible – I particularly enjoyed the framed picture of Fidel Castro in a Newcastle United kit, something that’ll go down well with the Geordies! Let the revolution begin!
Sat at our table (I have to say the restaurant is furnished well for groups) at the centre of the restaurant, we decided to try some of their exotic cocktails from their vast, extensive range and as they have an offer 2 for £10. We went for the Polynesian Punch and a Reina Colada. The Polynesian Punch took me on a trip to the Pacific in every single sip. Bacardi Cuatro rum and Blue Curaçao shaken with sweet almond, mango, apple and lime; it certainly got me ready to salsa. The Reina Colada of Bacardi Cuatro rum and Freixenet prosecco with coconut, vanilla and pineapple, is Spanish for ‘queen’, La Reina is regal, refined and, well, rather exquisite really. My colleague thoroughly enjoyed it.
However, what about the food? Jamie, our waiter on the night, kindly asked what we would like to start. Again, just like the drinks menu, the colourful food menu has plenty to whet the appetite and is easy to use (if you suffer from allergies, each item is letter coded and their website provides excellent advice on their nutrition). Every Monday to Saturday Revolución de Cuba offers 3 Tapas for £14 or every Sunday 2-4-1. They recommend 3 tapas as a starter or 6 as a main for 2 people sharing. So to begin, we ordered Roasted Chorizo, Mojito Prawns and Tortilla Chips with homemade guacamole and smoky tomato salsa. The roasted chorizo came with a splendid red wine and honey sauce and was the pick of the starters although the tortillas were a very close second. Little triangles of Cuban panache combined effortlessly with the mix of the creamy guacamole and tangy salsa – scrumptious! Fried in mojito batter, my colleague devoured every prawn and was satisfied with his choice too. A resounding thumbs up by everyone… Start as you mean to go on!
Moving on swiftly to our mains, we decided on the Cuban Hot Premium 8oz Steak Burger (can come as Jerk Fried Chicken also) with jalapeños, spicy rum sauce, melting Manchego and cheddar cheese served on a toasted bun with fries and rum mayo at £11.50 and a warming, homemade Caribbean Chicken Curry with pineapple and potato, served with zesty rice at £11.50 too. The curry was easily the Dish of the Day; my taste buds were left throbbing after this flavoursome delight. The burger was great too. After my colleague’s first bite and juices running down the bun, he was in burger heaven. Although there was plenty going on in the bun, everything just mixed together to create a fiery yet alluring taste he couldn’t help but go back in for more.. Although the main plate portion sizes aren’t massive, they’re still substantial and fulfilling. Therefore, we agreed to wait until next time for dessert as there’ll definitely be a next time.
With such a vast array of outstanding cocktails, terrific tapas and delicious main plates available, a terrace to catch the sun’s rays, live music most nights as well as salsa nights, Revolución de Cuba is a welcome, new establishment to Newcastle that has everything it takes to be a superpower of the bar and restaurant scene here. May the Revolución be with you.