Viva la Revolución!

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This new harbourside eatery has plenty to appeal to the masses, writes Sammy Milton

The new year is upon us, and with it, we welcome a (relatively) new addition to the Bristol food scene. Revolución De Cuba opened on Bristol’s harbourside last October, in place of the long-standing Bordeaux Quay, and offers a ‘Cuban experience’ to those wishing to mentally escape to warmer climates in these bleak winter months.

We actually visited just before Christmas, when office parties were in full swing and embarrassing festive jumpers were still being worn with gay abandon. And what a venue for it – this place is huge! Spread out over two immense levels, I can only hazard a guess as to how many covers there are, and it was certainly packed when we arrived on a chilly December evening.

Cuban-style covers of Christmas songs were playing, whilst there was a good mix of diners inside – couples, groups of friends, the after-work-crowd, and, of course, a few Christmas parties. It all amounted to a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere, and we were ushered quickly to our table by a friendly waitress. As to be expected, they’ve got a huge menu here – tapas, mains, brunch, lunch, sides and fries. However, it all seems very appetising, and their cocktails are definitely worth a try – our dark and stormys went down a treat.

We decided to share a range of the tapas dishes to get a real feel for the place. From the meat section, we went with cheeseburger tacos, chorizo croquetas and jerk fried chicken; from the fish we chose gambas pil pil and calamari; and from the veg, some charred halloumi. We were also given some homemade tortilla chips and guacamole to munch on in the meantime – delicious.

As it was a little busy, there was a slight wait on food, but no matter – our waitress Marcella was efficient and incredibly friendly, and it was nice to watch everyone inside enjoying their evenings. There’s a small stage area for live music later on in the evening and another bar upstairs – this place clearly has mass appeal.

Our food arrived all at once, as tapas seems to, and we set about the very important business of eating it all. There were some big high notes – the jerk fried chicken was fantastic, bite-sized portions that were satisfyingly spicy and tasty. Chorizo croquetas were also good – creamy and filling, with a rich garlicy mayonnaise for dipping. The cheeseburger tacos were slightly disappointing. The meat was a bit tough, and the cheese not really strong enough, making them a tad dull. Gambas pil pil, however, were excellent – juicy prawns swimming in a garlic and chilli oil. Lovely.

The calamari were hot and crispy, perfectly fishy and really very tasty – the perfect accompaniment for a cold beer. Finally, the charred halloumi was an ideal end to the meal. Generous cubes of the squeaky, fried cheese came served alongside butternut squash and courgette, glazed with chilli jam.

This is not a restaurant to visit if you’re after fine-dining cuisine, but then again, do we really want that most of the time? No, this is the perfect place to come if you want to spend hours catching up with friends or family over top-notch cocktails and generous portions of good food. The atmosphere is fun and friendly, and the service is second to none – what better way to escape a cold winter’s day than to escape to Cuba?

Revolución de Cuba

Canon’s Road

Bristol

BS1 5UH

0117 456 4981

www.revoluciondecuba.com

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