The menu may be the same, but the experience is far superior to sister restaurant, Havana Grill at Suncoast. Set in the bustling Umhlanga Village, this is a hotspot for good food and a place to be seen.
With a strong focus on meat, this menu showcases it in various forms including a showdown between grain and grass-fed, with ‘grain vs. grass’ featuring a duo of grain- and grass-fed beef rump in 200g portions, simply seasoned with Maldon salt, black pepper, thyme and mustard seeds. Other cuts include wet-aged fillet, rump, sirloin and rib-eye, with dry-aged fillet-on-the-bone and T-bone also available.
Steak tartare served with traditional garnishes including raw egg yolk and salty capers was delicious, as was the Patagonian grilled calamari served with aioli. A trio of snails was an unctuous triumph of garlicky heaven, served 3 ways – with buttery garlic, smoked paprika and blue cheese – worth every minute of garlicky breath thereafter.
A good selection of linefish, calamari and shellfish, as well as a seafood platter is available, featuring an impressive spread of plump crayfish, grilled calamari, prawns, langoustines, linefish and steamed mussels.
Chicken, pork, lamb and game round off a large menu - the pork belly served with mash & greens and a bacon cider sauce, was applauded by our fellow diner - and there’s a good selection of desserts if you have any room left. The crème brule was sensational – well set and perfectly flavoured.
A well-rounded list of wine and bubbles features a great selection of South African varietals, along with French champagne. A good selection of wine by the glass is available, as are cocktails and craft beers.
Friendly and efficient.
An elegant interior set with white tablecloths and deep leather banquette seat dividing the space, leading on to an outdoor terrace, overlooking the busy Granada Square.
A night out with friends or a business lunch.
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Definitely one of the best steaks I have ever had. The service also very good!
Best Pork Belly Makers in Umhlanga. I had a 3 Course Meal Lunch Special. It was sooo amazing. True value for money. The Steak was amazingly done, chips crispy and soft on the inside. I always go there for a special. Amazing Offer. Will definitely be coming back
Little Havana is by far the best steak eat out venue that I've been to in Durban and that's coming from someone who is a seafood lover. Little Havana has managed to change my mind.
Had the most delicious 3 course luncheon with a good glass of wine for the princely sum of R140! Not sure how they get it right, but uts amazing. Good sized portions, delicious food, superb dessert, lively wine, all backed up by brilliant friendly service! Well done!
With the rising cost of eating out these days, it is unfathomable how Little Havana, Umhlanga can offer a lunch special of a 2 course meal with a drink for only R120. Sister restaurant to one of my favourites, Havana Grill at Suncoast, Little Havanna is similarly elegant but relaxed, in crisp white and dark browns, with a deck overlooking Umhlanga Village.
Our shared starter was beef strips in a garlic and chilli gravy. Tender strips of beef were cooked in a rich, hearty tomato gravy with a sofrito base. The brushcetta was perfect to lap up all that thick, luscious gravy.
My main of slow roasted pork belly was meltingly tender, with an unctuous layer of fat and soft, moist yielding meat below. The crackling was puffed, super crisp and crunchy, making a loud "crack" each time I broke off a piece. The beans had a slight bite to it, just the way I like it and the caramelised onion and mustard cream rounded off the meal beautifully. My friend's meal, however, was a bit of a disappointment. The sole was dry and slightly overcooked. A garlic or lemon butter sauce on the side would have added some much needed moisture and flavour to the meal. We did bring this to the manager's attention and he welcomed the feedback.
Dessert of the day was Panna Cotta but as neither of us are a fan, we opted to share a bowl of ice cream and chocolate sauce for dessert. Our waiter is one I will never forget. His name, after all, was Never. Friendly and efficient, he never disappointed, with impeccable service.
Overall, a great dining experience.