After a relatively shaky start when they first opened back in 2016, upbeat party bar Revolución de Cuba have upped their game to become one of the city’s best places for cocktails, beats and cheap eats. We paid them a visit just days after their new menu dropped, to find they haven’t lost their touch.
The Call Lane joint has also just been revamped and boasts a downstairs stage for bands and entertainers, and dazzling new décor complete with neon signage dotted around the venue. We arrived on a surprisingly busy Sunday night, and took a prime spot in the restaurant area which offered unparalleled people watching views (a trio of drunk 40-something women trying to serenade a group of young guys near the bar was entertainment gold).
Starting with some of the latest cocktail creations, the refreshing Solero is summer in a glass with Bumbu Original Rum, coconut, vanilla, pineapple, passion fruit and milk. The Zacapa Old Fashioned on the other hand is a dark and moody affair, blending luxurious Ron Zacapa 23-year old Guatemalan rum with bitters and brown sugar. Not the most forward-thinking Old Fashioned creatively speaking, but strong all the same.
Food wise, we began with a selection of tapas dishes. The Pork Belly Skewers are a highlight here, and are roasted in homemade spicy rum sauce and topped with pico de gallo (a type of salsa). A fatty treat well worth the calories indeed.
The Jamon Croquettas come with a garlic aioli dip and are solid if not ground breaking, whereas the Mojito Prawns on the other hand are irresistibly moreish. Deep-fried in a delicious mojito batter, they are all the better for the accompanying rum mayo dip.
On recommendation from the waiter, we went with the Beef Ropa Vieja main. Apparently, a traditional Cuban dish, this dish was indeed quite the flavour bomb. Consisting of slow-cooked shredded beef, onions and peppers, it comes served on a bed of rice with butternut squash crisps.
The dessert selection at Revs de Cuba is short and sweet, but the El Supremo Churros are worth seeking out. Filled with chocolate hazelnut cream and dusted with sugar, these indulgent Spanish doughnut sticks are a fat kids dream.
There’s never been a better time to dine out on a budget than right now, and Revs de Cuba will leave you satisfied without breaking the bank. Visit them Monday-Saturday and you can enjoy three tapas dishes for £14, while on Sunday it’s 2-4-1 for tapas and cocktails.
Revolución de Cuba, 64-68 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 6DT. Tel: 0113 350 6556