Lifestyle: Mojitos and Burritos at Revolucion de Cuba

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revolucion de cuba

Happy weekend everyone! Today’s post is focused sharing with you some lovely places I have visited recently, and the experiences I have had in and around Manchester (as usual – it generally is the city I spend most of my time in). So I wanted to blog about a food and drink experience which was pretty fantastic that I was recently invited to. It was based on a fun yet intense lesson all about Mojitos and Burritos, which sounds like an amazing evening, right? Who wouldn’t want to learn how to make the absolute perfect Mojitos and Burritos by the experts? And when I say experts, I mean those lovely people at Revolucion de Cuba in Manchester of course. The Cuban themed rum bar and cantina specialise in Cuban food infused with Spanish, Mexican and South American flavours, making it all all rounder for those who like sharing platters, Latino inspired tapas dishes, and of course the legendary burritos.

So during a mid-week evening, a group of us headed to Revolucion de Cuba to watch one of the expert chefs show us step by step how to create the perfect Burrito, and of course, have a go at making one ourselves. I’m no star cook, but I do have a passion for food and I am always interested in learning (and eating it) therefore it was quite an exciting challenge. We nibbled on the lovely tortillas and guacamole (the best guacamole I have ever tasted by the way) spicy nuts and a few other yummy starters before watching the tutorial and getting stuck in ourselves…

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revolucion de cuba
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revolucion de cuba
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revolucion de cuba
revolucion de cuba
revolucion de cuba
revolucion de cuba
After watching the expert demonstration, we got up in pairs and competed against each other in a bid to see who could make the best Burrito. Now I am usually the shambles with my cooking presentation, but it’s fair to say I won this round fair and square! Check out my lovely neat Burrito below – stuffed with cheese, salsa, chicken, peppers, onions and sour cream…

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Yes, mine is that neatly shaped toasted Burrito- ridiculously very proud of my presentation skills I have to say. After this session, we all sat down and enjoyed our hand made burritos before a lesson in creating the perfect Mojito, comparing the Cuban way to the European way. I am a lover of Mojitos I have to say, and getting behind the bar to start pouring the rum and crushing in the mint was a rather satisfying experience…

revolucion de cuba
revolucion de cuba
Aside from the fun and games, I wanted to round-up what an experience at Revolucion de Cuba is like for those of you considering the place for drinking and dining. I am slightly biased as I have always loved visiting this venue; I spent New Years Eve 2013 here where we reserved a table and paid for a number of spirits and mixers to be on our table for the evening, and overall had a lovely time in a really fun atmosphere. But here is an honest round-up regardless:

Ambiance: Rev de Cuba (as it’s known) is usually always busy and bustling. I have attended during weeknights, weekends, lunchtimes, and it never fails to attract the crowds. The ambiance is fantastic because 9 out of 10 times there is a latin inspired band playing, and on Saturday evenings there is usually ciban themed entertainment going on downstaires. I have never experienced any trouble in here- it’s just so friendly, busy, warm and welcoming. My favourite time to go is after work on a week night, thats when I find the atmosphere at it’s best. The door staff can be fairly strict on a weekend evening so bear that in mind (especially for groups of guys).

Food: I am completely biased as I love Cuban, Latin and South American infused flavours. If you love Quesadillas, Burritos, Enchiladas, Tapas, Paella… you are going to love it. If you have ever eaten at Las Iguanas and La Tasca but wish both places could infuse together with a little more magic, then thats how I find eating at Revolucion de Cuba. They also do a fantastic range of burgers too with cuban cheese, jerk chicken and spicy bean to name a few toppings. Delicious.

Drinks: I already mentioned the amazing mojitos I had the chance to make, but I didn’t mention that they have so many variations! Passionfruit, Raspeberry, Pineapple, Apple… there’s a pretty long list. A lot of people love Rev de Cuba for their frozen daiquiris in Mango and Strawberry. The portions are so large – incredible value for money, and incredibly cold too! They have cocktails that are served in teapots, classics such as Pina Coladas, zombie inspired cocktails and even tequila infused cockails. My very favourite is the Banana Daiquiri. So yummy…

If you are from the area and want to indulge in some Cuban food, flavoured Mojitos, perhaps a spot of latin dancing and some live music, then it’s a fantastic place to catch up with friends in the evening. They also have Happy Hour on cocktails (2 for 1) – I would check that out before hand if I was you as from the top of my head I can’t quite remember the times. If you are not from the area, and visiting Manchester for an occasion, I would say it’s a lovely place to check out for a birthday celebration or a hen do. What group of girls don’t like copious cocktails, delicious food and a themed ambiance?

I’ll be heading back for the legendary Burritos sharp-ish…

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