Cubana Tapas Bar
As one of Sheffield’s longest-established tapas restaurants, Cubana has been a firm favourite with locals for many years, but a recent move to stylish Leopold Square has put it centre stage in one of the city’s dining hotspots. With its Latin vibes and award-winning food, it has all the ingredients for a great night out.
On the ground floor is the spacious lounge bar with plenty of comfortable sofas and chairs, which create a relaxing space in which to unwind and enjoy a tipple or two with friends. There’s the option to plunge into the world of exotic cocktails and whet your appetite with a Brazilian Mojito, Cuban Mule or another from the fabulous selection – all especially tempting during happy hour, which lasts until 6pm from Sunday to Friday. The upstairs area offers a real Havana haven thanks to Latin murals, artefacts and rustic fans, while a dedicated tapas menu sets out more than 40 mouth-watering meat, fish and vegetarian options.
We were peckish when we arrived and so took advice from our friendly waiter and chose a combination of seven tapas to share. Decisions can be somewhat tricky with so many tempting dishes on offer, but set menus come to the rescue and feature enough dishes to provide a banquet for two or more diners.
Cubana is renowned for its regular rotation of live musicians, who fill the place with Latin rhythms. As we tucked into our food, the restaurant came alive to the mellow sound of a jazz quartet that transported us to Cuba on a wave of foot-tapping tempos.
All of our dishes were delicious, but our favourites included tiger prawns in garlic and olive oil, tender pieces of chicken and chorizo in a creamy sauce, Cubana’s famous meatballs served in a tomato and red wine sauce, and beautiful grilled asparagus with Manchego cheese and spinach. The fabulous music means that visitors like to linger, so whether you indulge in a Mojito sundae or one of over 200 speciality rums from their unrivalled rum menu (voted the best rum menu in the UK at the Golden Rum Barrel awards) after your meal, you’ll find yourself simply sitting back and soaking up the atmosphere.