What happens when you take a load of bloggers, shove them in a brand, spanking new bar and give them a shit-tonne of Bacardi-based beverages? They have a cracking time, of course.
A Revolución de Cuba restaurant seems to pop up somewhere different in the country every day. I’ve visited the Leeds branch a couple of times for drinks, so when I was kindly invited to the new Liverpool restaurant’s bloggers event on Tuesday, I thought I knew what I was letting myself in for. Little did I know that we would be treated to a whole evening of fresh food and lots (and lots) of rum.
Located in the heart of the Albert Dock, the restaurant has stunning views of the waterfront; and even though it hasn’t officially opened yet, there were plenty of people soaking up the evening sun on the terrace. After a tour of the premises, we sat down and tasted some tapas, before splitting off into three groups and engaging in different activities. Tapas is by far my favourite thing to eat, and what we were presented with was exceptional. I was trying to think of a favourite dish to share with you, but, after careful deliberation, I’ve decided that I can’t just choose one- I’d recommend them all.
The next part for me was cocktail making, followed by rum tasting. Now, whether this was just an attempt to get us all hammered so we’d write nice blog posts, I don’t know, but I’m not particularly fussed either way because it was great. I was so impressed by the knowledge and passion that the bartenders were eager to convey; and let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy alcohol orientated facts?
Finally, we were onto burrito making. Like the guys behind the bar, Jaymi (the chef) had such an incredible passion for his work: after churning out over 700 burritos throughout the day, he was still keen to show us how to roll our own (even if mine did end up looking like a bit of a stodgy doorstop). His knowledge of the food and the ingredients was reflected in the way it tasted, and it was easy to acknowledge the attention to detail that the kitchen team had given to each individual dish.
If lovely food, decor, location and (of course) drinks don’t grab your attention, Revolución de Cuba has live music seven days a week and also hosts salsa lessons on a Wednesday evening. This sounds amazing: I’m partial to (pretending I can) dance after a few bevs, so this is something I really want to try out!
I’ve been lucky enough to visit Cuba twice in the past, and despite the bar being inundated with Scouse accents, it definitely felt authentic. My mum has a ‘thing’ about chain restaurants (apparently they “don’t have any atmosphere“), but if you’re in a similar camp to her then please don’t be put off. All the food is freshly prepared that day, and the place could not feel less like the ‘production line’ branches that are seen elsewhere. The staff treat each other and their customers as part of their ‘familia’, which is so lovely and positive- it’s easy to forget that you’re in a restaurant and not someone’s massive Cuban house. I highly recommend that you bob down for a visit and grab yourself a passionfruit mojito- I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Thanks again to Jack and his wonderful team for an incredible evening! I mean, you know you’ve had a fab night when your non-blogger plus one walks out of there with a potential job, a mini bottle of Bacardi and a maraca stuffed in her handbag.
Liverpool’s Revolución de Cuba opens on Friday the 10th of June.