Cuban cuisine, cocktails & cigar boxes! Brunch review: Revolucion de Cuba, Cardiff

The entrance to Revolucion De Cuba, Cardiff
Revolucion de Cuba, the Cuban-inspired cantina (traditional restaurant and bar) situated at The Friary in Cardiff (opposite the Hilton hotel), has launched a new brunch menu. Served between 10am – 2.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays, the menu features authentic Spanish, Mexican and South American brunch dishes like Spanish omelette, huevos rancheros and avocado on toast with crispy patatas bravas.

In addition, there are a range of cocktails available including several twists on the traditional Bloody Mary, an espresso rumtini and a Mexican combination of orange, grapefruit, lime and tequila mixed with mandarin marmalade.

Opened in 2012, Revolucion de Cuba Cardiff is one of eight outlets of its kind throughout the UK, owned by the Revolution Bars chain (who run Revolution Cardiff on Castle Street).

I popped along to try out the new menu with a couple of friends on a lazy Sunday afternoon when I had woken up too late for breakfast, yet too early for lunch – the perfect time for brunch. 

Inside, the dining area features a mix of bar stools at high tables and comfy, leather sofas. The latter were perfect for a laid-back Sunday brunch. The floor was a mix of wood and beautiful, intricately-patterned tiles.

The dining area in Revolucion De Cuba
There are two bars, including a traditional Havana rum bar (visible at the back of the above picture) and a larger bar serving all kinds of drinks (pictured below). 

The bar in Revolucion De Cuba
To start off, we each ordered a Bloody Mary (£7.95) made with Stoli vodka, tomato juice, lime, Worcester sauce, salt pepper and a home-made rum sauce, garnished with a wedge of cucumber. I thought this tasted great, but my friends found the level of spice to be somewhat overpowering. For me this wasn’t an issue as I enjoy spicy foods, but if you have a milder taste then you may wish to ask for this to be made less spicy for you. 

Bloody Mary cocktail
To eat, I ordered the Cubano Benedict (£4.50); sour-dough toast topped with pulled pork, a poached egg, and Hollandaise sauce, served with patatas bravas and chopped cucumber and tomato. The egg was sprinkled with paprika to give it that added edge, while the pulled pork was succulent, tender and bursting with aromatic flavours. The sourdough toast was made using soft, fresh bread and the patatas bravas were golden brown and crispy, coated in a rich seasoning. This was a tasty twist on eggs Benedict as we know it – and one that I’d happily take on again!

Cuban Benedict (eggs benedict with pulled pork), avocado, tomato and crispy potatoes
My friends both opted for the Brekkie Burrito (£7); a soft, flour tortilla stuffed to the brim with sausage, chorizo, egg, re-fried beans, jalapenos and cheese, topped with two rashers of crispy bacon and served with chopped tomato and cucumber. This looked very appealing and filling and I must admit that until I saw my Cuban Benedicto, I was beginning to wish I’d ordered one of these burritos.

A breakfast burrito topped with crispy bacon rashers and served with chopped cucumber and tomato
We also shared a rather generous portion of sweet potato fries (£3) from the main menu, cooked perfectly with a slightly firm, crispy coating and a soft, fluffy centre. 

A bowl of crispy sweet potato fries
The bill was affectionately presented in an authentic Cuban cigar box. Our food and drinks were provided complementary except for the sweet potato fries, but if we had paid for our food it would’ve cost £21.50 altogether, whie our drinks would have cost a total of £23.85. I think it’s fair to say that the food prices are pretty reasonable, whereas the cost of the drinks is slightly pushing it. 

Cuban cigar box used as a case for the receipt
I enjoyed my first meal at Revolucion de Cuba and I definitely hope to return again in future. I’m very keen to find out what the main menu has on offer!

Revolucion de Cuba
The Friary
Cardiff
CF10 3FA
(029) 2000 8444
http://www.revoluciondecuba.com/bar/cardiff/

I was invited to Revolucion de Cuba as a guest and our food and drinks were provided complimentary. However, I was not obliged to write a positive review. 

Where’s your favourite place to go for brunch in Cardiff? Let me know in the comments below!

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25 Comments

  1. emma white
    January 30, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    oh wow this looks amazing that the downside of living in a small town we have nothing as great as this I’m so jealous

  2. January 30, 2016 / 10:04 pm

    When I was in Cardiff for my friends birthday we went here to finish our night out and it was so much fun. The cocktails were amazing, we had a few of the zombies I think they were. I would never think about it for food though but it looks amazing x

    • January 31, 2016 / 9:27 pm

      Yes, I’ve heard about the Zombie cocktails here 🙂 They sound great!

  3. January 30, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    So jealous I love love sweet potatoes and I like that it was a mixture of different cuisines rather than just one!

    • January 31, 2016 / 9:23 pm

      The variety was great to be fair!

  4. January 31, 2016 / 8:00 am

    I’ve never been to Cardiff, but I might have to change that and visit just for the food! So many lovely places you’ve been writing about!

    • January 31, 2016 / 9:26 pm

      Aww thanks Elizabeth 🙂 Cardiff has got some great restaurants. Let me know if you ever plan a visit 🙂

  5. January 31, 2016 / 10:18 am

    I’ve never been in, but the food looks tasty x

    • January 31, 2016 / 9:27 pm

      Thank you Emily – it tastes pretty damn good too 😀

  6. January 31, 2016 / 11:12 am

    Woah, so much coolness in one post! Haha great review xo

  7. January 31, 2016 / 11:35 am

    Ooh this place looks delightful. I have a friend who lives in Cardiff so it might be an idea to try this place out when I next visit!

    • January 31, 2016 / 9:22 pm

      Definitely Leanne 🙂 It’s lovely here and the prices aren’t too bad either.

  8. hannah
    January 31, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    I haven’t been in this revolution before, just the one by the castle x

    • January 31, 2016 / 9:25 pm

      It was my first time here for food, but I’ve been here for drinks before.

  9. January 31, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    The food looks pretty good, I live in Southampton, so I don’t think I’ll be heading there anytime soon but I enjoyed the post!

    • January 31, 2016 / 9:22 pm

      Thanks Sam, glad you enjoyed reading the post 😀

  10. January 31, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    Oh wow, this looks amazing! Cuban dining isn’t something I would have thought to eat but the food looks wonderful.

    • January 31, 2016 / 9:21 pm

      Thanks Katie. I wouldn’t have thought of going for Cuban brunch either, but it was lovely 😀

  11. January 31, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    This looks lovely! I’ve never thought of trying Cuban dining but I may have to try it thanks to you! x

    • January 31, 2016 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks Jazmin, glad you liked it!

  12. January 31, 2016 / 11:17 pm

    I now have a strong desire to go to our local Cuban restaurant in Liverpool. Must try that Cubano Benedict – what a great idea for a dish.

    • February 5, 2016 / 7:52 pm

      I loved it too, it was so different. Sounds great! Hope you enjoy it.

    • February 19, 2016 / 6:56 pm

      You’d love it here 🙂

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