Address:Cafe La Trova, Southwest 8th Street, Miami, FL, USA
This retro Cuban restaurant and bar is the home of James Beard Award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein and master cantinero Julio Cabrera. Everything from the food to live music will hit the spot.
By: Isabella Niño
What to expect: Cafe La Trova is for the nostalgic bunch that often say things like “I was born in the wrong time”. Know those types? So do we. Located at Calle Ocho in Little Havana, Cafe La Trova offers Michelle’s Bernstein’s take on modern Cuban cuisine in a setting that transports you to Old Cuba. Named after Trova Cuban music from Oriente, Cafe La Trova is a true cultural experience with native trovadores playing the guitars, where the craft of Cuban cocktail lives and where we romanticize the flavors of Cuban cooking. Cafe La Trova has several bar areas, a ventanita for your cortadito needs and a full service cafe and restaurant.
What to wear: The dress code for this place is casual-chic. Guys are welcome to wear closed shoes, button-down shirt, and jeans. Ladies feel free to wear jeans, flats, just don’t dress like you’re going to the beach.
The menu: La Trova offers lunch, dinner, and drinks. Stop by for their three-course-express menu for $21 available at lunch only. They also have an a la carte lunch and dinner menu that includes: empanadas, croquettes, tapas, sandwiches, salads, main dishes, and desserts.
What to order:
Start off with some empanadas. Can’t go wrong with the Hand Cut Steak– caramelized onions, Spanish olives and jerez, the Sweet Corn and Chicken– fermented garlic and charred scallions and the Roast Calabaza with brown butter and melting cheese.
We’ll never say no to Croquetas. Try the Paella croquetas with a shot of seafood caldo and saffron aioli and the Jamon Serrano croquetas with melting cheese and fig jam.
As for your Entrée, we’d go with the Arroz con Pollo with bomba rice, saffron, cerveza, free-range half boneless chicken a la plancha or the Lechon con Chicharrones with braised mojo marinated pork shoulder, steamed yucca, crispy pork skin, and tangerine mojo.
For Dessert you can’t go wrong with Micky’s Bread Pudding that comes with chocolate, Cuban rum soaked raisins, orange rind and the Banana Tres Leches with Bourbon gel and runchy corn flakes.
How to score a table: For reservations click here.