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El Jigüe, Plazuela del Jigüe, Trinidad.: Chic,austere but pretty good.
At first sight this restaurant is a little off-putting seen from outside. Very chic with nice tablecloths, high-backed chairs and chandeliers, a portico'd patio you'd think it was expensive. But no, being state-run the prices are reasonable. Yes, the waiters are state-run as well and a little off-hand, but you'll notice there are only 3 or 4 staff to run the whole place. We ended up having a shrimp spaghetti dish which was very good, along with a mojitio each and then a decent sized bowl of ice-cream and a coffee each, all for 16 CUC 40. Very cheap.
Outside the restaurant there is a cross marking the building where the first mass was held here in Trinidad.
El Cubano: Off the Beaten Path...and THEN some...
This Government restaurant is a little outside of town about five kilometers off the paved road along a narrow dirt road....the restaurant is the showpiece of a ranch like setting adjacent to a Nature Park where there are hiking trails and horseback riding available...the dirt road is a treat....especially if you might meet head on a vehicle coming form the other direction...somebody has to make way....this happened to us and the oncoming vehicle had to back a little ways to a point where there was room on the side of the road for the vehicle to squeeze onto...
The restaurant itself specializes in a catfish that is caught in the nearby Rio Guaurabo...this is a pretty unique setting and the design of the building is open air and thatched roof...
The restaurant caters mostly to tour groups but a full course meal is available for people that might just show up...the cost for people not involved in a group tour is about 12 Convertible Pesos...
There was live entertainment while we eat[watch the video]...and the food was served in courses....a plate of tomatoes and chopped cabbage....served with salt and pepper and oil and vinegar..then a course of rice and an interesting bean and potato mixture that was a little soupy...and then the main course....either cat fish or ham...and drinks whatever you liked...beers,water,sodas...
Favorite Dish: I like fish...but not so much to eat...I stuck with the ham... I likely should have had chicken... : O [
Government owned restaurants: El Jigue
El Jigue Restaurant is housed in a lovely porticoed building decorated with panels of painted tiles
Favorite Dish: I had some chicken meal with rice - in fact the choice is limited - the atmosphere is super ! A local band - as usual in Cuba - made the feelings.
It was fun to see that the singer of the band was the coock himself.
What would happen if there was a client asking for a steak ??? Funny situation ! I love Trinidad !
Meson del Regidor: Good value meal in nice surroundings
Centrally locates restaurant founded in 1801 serving Cuban fare at reasonable prices. Set meals include a glass of quite good wine. Service was polite and fast.
The Meson del Regidor also provides accommodation.
Favorite Dish: I most probably had fish (or chicken, this being usually the extent of choice as I'm not too keen on pork) and it was ok. I'm only sure about the wine, because I hesitated to drink it in that heat, but it was quite good (and not that much).
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