Spanish in Centro Habana

Castropol is run by the local Spanish Asturianas society, and its reputation has expanded in line with its fleshed-out restaurant space over the last few years. Word is now out that the venerable two-story establishment, with its upstairs balcony overlooking Havana's dreamy sea drive, serves some of the best Spanish and Caribbean food in Havana.

Pizza, pasta and the like are served downstairs. Upstairs is a little posher, with paella, garbanzos fritos (fried chickpeas), prawns in a tangy sauce, and generous portions of lobster pan-fried in butter.