About La Perla de la Habana
For 22 years, La Perla de Habana served authentic Cuban food in their restaurant in Menorca, but in 2017, Mallorcans got lucky and the team decided to relocate to Palma and open a restaurant in Santa Catalina.
Unsurprisingly, La Perla de La Habana, is a warm and welcoming restaurant, with a cool, casual style, painted with Caribbean inspired colours. This is one of the few authentic Cuban restaurants on the island, open for lunch and dinner 6-days a week.
Real Cuban cooking
Born in Cuba, chef Mayra González takes inspiration from her grandmother, who she used to watch cook mouth-watering traditional Cuban dishes for the family. Her cooking style and passion comes from these moments—from the smells and tastes of her childhood and her memories of sharing meals with loved ones.
For over two decades she has translated this instinctive talent as a chef in La Perla de La Habana, preparing favourites such as: Little basket of green fried banana filled with monkfish and shrimp and sliced steak cooked in a sauce of red pepper, tomato, onion, garlic, and served with Congri rice. Desserts like coconut temptation, and of course the iconic Mojito cocktail, add to the flavour.
Cuban food is not particularly spicy, like say Mexican, but weaves in its multi-cultural influences that range from west African to Spanish, Chinese and of course, the essence of the Caribbean. Almost everything is served with slow cooked black beans and rice are served with nearly everything
The right atmosphere
The restaurant opens right up onto the street and features a few high tables and bar stools outside, creating an indoor-outdoor space. Music flows from the speakers and they often feature live music, salsa, rumba, or traditional Cuban guitar. The food conveys the essence of this vibrant and complex country and the lively atmosphere can’t help but make everyone feel in good spirits.