Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Havana @ Changkat Bukit Bintang

All grown up, Little Havana has dropped the "Little" in its name and now calls itself simply "Havana." The change comes with a refurbishment, making it seem like a stately New Orleans home straight out of HBO's "True Blood."

Even more intriguing is the revamped menu that offers Louisiana-inspired fare.

The Gator on a Stick is a can't-miss. Grilled crocodile meat (obtained from a Sabah farm) with dips of spicy tomatoes and lemon myrtle sauce. Taste-wise, it's like a delicious cross between chicken breast and pork belly.

Crawfish boulettes, a Cajun recipe of breaded crawfish balls. Hot and tangy.

Shrimp and grits, comprising poached shrimp in creole gravy with fried polenta. Scrumptious carbs + thick gravy = total comfort food.

Crab cakes with avocado cream & swamp spinach. Meaty and thrillingly fresh.

Mojito (rum muddled with mint, lime & cane sugar topped with soda) and Bloody Mary (vodka, tomato juice, lime juice, sherry, salt, pepper & celery).

Pineapple Daiquiri (white rum, lime juice, cane sugar, pineapple) and Strawberry Margarita (tequila, triple sec, lime juice, strawberry).

Changkat Bukit Bintang.
Tel: 2142-7170


  1. This has been a major dilemma for me for some time now - do I True Blood or do I not? That's what irritates me about television sometimes... so much investment once you dip your toes in a series! Love the way Havana looks though - somehow it's always slipped through the radar from the other outlets on the strip. No longer!

  2. Ahh...they are done wit hte reno!
    Last time I was here I had pizza and some snacks stuffs but now they got a full menu that spec in a particular cuisine?
    do they stil have the salsa dancing and comedy nite?

  3. 550ml: i share your sentiments about putting in the hours for tv shows. i've had to trudge through mad men and gossip girl without really loving either. i wouldn't say true blood is a must-see, but if the premise intrigues u, then u'll probably enjoy it...
    tng: yeah, the reno took ages, but was worth it! there's still a dancefloor upstairs, but haven't heard about the return of comedy nite yet...

  4. wow, looks like a seedy joint where gangsters do their deals..while munching on croc meat and drinking cocktails

  5. haha, i prefer to call it shadowy and mysterious!

  6. Hmmm shouldn't they be called New Orleans instead?

  7. qwazymonkey: good point! or louisiana. but i guess they wanted to keep the "havana" in their name. most of us don't know our geography anyway! :D