The carnival has arrived in Newcastle, all thanks to Revolution De Cuba.
Newcastle is such an upping coming, thriving city yet I take it for granted living so close to it. There are so many nooks and crannies that I’m yet to discover. I often learn things about the city from tourists which is shocking considering it’s 20 minutes up the road. I really do need to spend more time exploring and look at ‘toon’ from a different angle. When I go to other cities, for example, Manchester, I take the time to wander and find new places and I’m starting to think I need to do that in Newcastle since it has been voted by Rough Guides the top place to visit in 2018.
Wherever I’m off on my travels to UK cities, Revolution De Cuba is everywhere. Harrogate, Leeds, Manchester, all of the big cities have one, so when the Newcastle establishment opened it’s doors last month, it was kind of a biggie.
Us Mackems and Geordies LOVE ‘Revs’ the original brand from the Revolution Bars Group plc which is also a very popular venue in the city centre, so we’re all totally ‘buzzing’ about it!
You can find Revolution De Cuba in the Cloth Market, essentially opposite the legendary Flares nightclub. The venue almost feels a bit ‘out of place’ shall I say, as that end of toon is known for its wild parties but then again, so is Revolution De Cuba! Set across three floors, the cantina/bar is bringing us some exciting Latin vibes.
Let’s start with the ground floor. You can enjoy a burrito or two in the main cantina or enjoy the sunshine we’ve been having on the outdoor patio area which is complete with its own garden bar.
Secondly, you have the Havana Club which is where the parties at with its booths and stage for live Latin music fiestas which has an uncanny resemblance to Havana’s retro bars that blossomed during the era of the 1940s and 50s.
Or lastly, you can sit back and relax on the roof terrace complete with a fully retractable roof and fire pit which is a stunning chill out area!
I was fortunate enough to be invited down to experience a little bit of Cuba a few weeks ago and to devour over their food menu since I am a big foodie.
I arrived on a sunny Friday evening and the atmosphere was thriving. Myself and my Mam came straight from work to kick back and relax after a busy day and even at 6 pm it was buzzing. I really loved the overall feel of the place, it’s so chilled and almost soothing. The interior is stunning, retro yet upcycled to feel new. Despite being quite a dark room, the ground floor is quite bright making the carnival theme feel real.
We were shown to a booth by the wonderful staff, I’d like to make a special mention to Danielle our waitress that evening who was so lovely, friendly and very helpful since it was our first visit.
We decided to take a peek at their drinks menu which is fantastic, unfortunately, I was driving so my Mam treated her self to a Raspberry Mojito (£8.25) and I treated my self to a mocktail which was recommended by Danielle the kind of Berry Colada, it wasn’t on the menu but the team make exceptions for people which I think is great! If you’re just popping in for a drink, they have a happy hour Monday to Friday which is between 3-7pm and you can get 2 cocktails for £10! Bargain. There was also a live band on who were exceptionally good and really set the atmosphere off.
The menu is very fruitful and by that, I mean whatever you fancy they have it! There is so much to choose from, I wanted it all. There were Tapas options for starters which I think is a fabulous idea for greedy people, like me. Monday to Saturdays you can get 3 options for just £14 and on a Sunday they offer 2-4-1. I went for the Halloumi Tacos (£5.75) which is basically Halloumi, butternut squash and courgette, lightly coated in a chilli jam glaze and served in 3 soft corn tortillas. And my Mam went for the Mojito Prawns (£6.50) which is prawns fried in a signature Mojito batter, served with a lobster mayo. Both tapas dishes were absolutely beautiful, we shared! My tacos were to die for, the chilli jam glaze works so well with halloumi and the prawns were huge, tasty and cooked to perfection.
For mains I went for the Chicken & Guacamole Burrito (£10.00) which was stuffed with rice, beans, cheese and your choice of filling, served with tortilla chips and black beans. And, my Mam went for the Cuban Cheeseburger (£10.50) which was a premium 8oz Steak Burger with melting Manchego and cheddar cheese, served on a toasted bun with fries and rum mayo. I love Burritos and I’d like to think of myself as a burrito professional, they are up there with one of my favourite foods! This burrito was out of this world in all honesty, delicious is all the words I have. The Cuban Cheeseburger was also divine, the manchego and cheddar cheese complimented the meat making it mouthwateringly good.
We were totally stuffed after our food and couldn’t stomach a desert even though the dessert menu was VERY inviting.
Overall, we had a really nice evening. The service was great, we were never left waiting for anything. The food was 10/10, and I can’t wait to head back to try more of their tapas which all sounds amazing and value for money. I love the fact that they have deals on their food and drinks and I’m more likely to return because of them as they work out at such a bargain.
Have you tried Revolution De Cuba before?