It was next to impossible to find Cuban cuisine in Malaysia - until the opening of Havana Dining at NU Sentral, Kuala Lumpur!

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Havana Dining at NU Sentral Serves Modern Cuban Delights

It’s an incredible experience to see how the Cubans bring together diverse ingredients to create dishes that pack a punch. The spread may seem simple, yet each dish is loaded with flavors. The Cuban cuisine has a tuneful blend of African, Spanish and Caribbean influences, and the similarities are noticeable through the use of certain spices as well as the cooking techniques. As Cuba has a tropical climate and only two seasons: wet and dry, it produces plenty of fruits and root vegetables that are almost similar to what we can find in Malaysia.

A typical Cuban meal consists of both beans and rice - either cooked together or separately. This super duo is regarded as a hearty comfort food that can be enjoyed anytime of the day.

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Dishes at Havana Dining are not exactly traditional, but they are elevated to meet contemporary standards while preserving Cuban touches in its own unique ways


Havana Dining at NU Sentral Serves Modern Cuban Delights

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Cuban Fine Dining at Havana Dining, NU Sentral, Kuala Lumpur


Cuban Credentials & Recognition

Located on the open air gardenscape rooftop of NU Sentral Kuala Lumpur, Havana Dining officially opened its doors to diners on November 16, 2019 in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the founding of Cuba's capital of Havana. The grand ceremony was officiated by the Cuban ambassador in Malaysia and attended by prominent Cuban and local figures.

Havana Dining promises to deliver an authentic Cuban experience to Malaysians by taking diners for a trip down memory lane back to the 1950s when the streets of Cuba were lined with classic American cars and vibrant architecture. Expect to see plenty of nostalgic Cuban elements once you step into this restaurant, be it in the form of tasteful decor, warm hospitality or an elaborate, distinguishable menu. The space is bright, airy and exudes a royalty vibe and the friendly servers look dashing in their Cuban-style suits that as a whole, provide the perfect fine-dining ambiance that is away from the hustle and bustle yet in proximity to the heart of the city.
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The servers at Havana Dining look dashing in their Cuban-style suits

Accomplished and Passionate Chefs

At Havana Dining, working with the best chefs is of great importance. A good chef is an individual with flairs, sixth sense and a “magical touch” - and he must possess a genuine interest in the success of the restaurant with the ability to transform any dish into a sublime experience for the diners.
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Havana Dining serves more than just flavors - it emphasizes immensely on aesthetics as well

Menu at Havana Dining, NU Sentral

The food menu at Havana Dining at NU Sentral focuses primarily on Cuban offerings, but it also carries subtle Mexican, Spanish, Europe and South American influences - making it an experience like no other. Chart your own culinary journey at Havana Dining by starting your meal with classic Cuban appetizers such as the Mariquitas - crispy, healthy young plantain chips served with freshly made salsa, or my personal favorite: Vieras - pan seared scallops served with romesco, salsa, potato boxty and cream bisque.
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Mariquitas (RM45)
Home Dried Plantain Chips with Pica De Gallo
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Mariquitas (RM45)
Home Dried Plantain Chips with Pica De Gallo
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Rollos de Cigarro de Carne Cubana (RM38)
Slow-braised pulled beef wrapped in spring roll pastry served with roasted pepper chili jam
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Rollos de Cigarro de Carne Cubana (RM38)
Slow-braised pulled beef wrapped in spring roll pastry served with roasted pepper chili jam
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Vieras (RM88)
Pan seared scallops served with romesco, chili lime cucumber salsa, potato boxty and cream bisque
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Vieras (RM88)
Pan seared scallops served with romesco, chili lime cucumber salsa, potato boxty and cream bisque

Cuba is globally known for its cigars, but at Havana Dining, you get to have a taste of their take on playful and pretty edible cigar rolls instead - loaded with the good stuff: pulled beef that's been braised for hours and a luscious chili jam. Havana Dining is pork-free, but for those want to indulge in an alcoholic drink, be sure to order from their specially curated cocktail menu. The must-try cocktail here? Dirty Dream in Havana - highly recommended by the manager, chef, bartenders and all its customers here!

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Dirty Dream in Havana (RM35.90)Don't be fooled by its demure and feminine appeal, this is a strong cocktail concocted with imported rum

If you are not already feeling gratified and full at this point, that means you are ready to move on to the main courses! The entrees are truthfully a tad bit pricey, but you can get more bang for your buck by choosing from the Havana Lunch Special at only RM68 with one starter and one main course, or the Havana Dinner Menu which is equally as impressive!

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Havana Dining Lunch Special: Herb Braised Lamb Shoulder (RM68 + starter)
Home mash, roasted turnip, carrot puree and lamb jus
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Havana Dining Lunch Special: Herb Braised Lamb Shoulder (RM68 + starter)
Served with home mash, roasted turnip, carrot puree and lamb jus
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Havana Dining Lunch Special: Confit of Duck Leg (RM68 + starter)
With Cuban Spices, Home Mash, Duck Jus

No, you can't leave without ending your meal with a sweet note.

Churros are traditional in Spain, but they were quickly adopted by the Cubans after the colonization. Havana Dining managed to turn what may seemingly be an ordinary street snack into a dish fit for fine-dining through its artful plating and beautiful, precise embellishment of pickles and cream. On the day of our visit, they had a seasonal Chinese New Year menu which gave us the amazing opportunity to taste the chef's other inventive creations including a cheesecake and assorted jellies.

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Churros (RM38)
Chocolate ganache, strawberry pickles and cinnamon cream
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Desserts at Havana Dining KL, NU Sentral 
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Desserts at Havana Dining KL, NU Sentral 
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Desserts at Havana Dining KL, NU Sentral 


I was (and still am) pretty bummed out that I never got to try its traditional Cuban sandwich - the Emparedado de Pollo. Guess there's a reason for me to revisit this restaurant!

For the complete menu and price at Havana Dining KL, please click here.

Havana Dining KL
(Pork-free | Alcohol offerings)
Level 6 (Rooftop), NU Sentral Mall
Contact number: +6019 278 8218
Email: KL@havanadining.com
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 11am-10pm

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