El Cocinero is set dramatically in an old refurbished cooking oil factory. As you step foot on the premises, your arrival is announced by an attendant’s dutiful gonging of an old bell. The second floor, designed for more formal dining, is in black and grey tones, with minimalist paintings hanging on the walls. Outside, an open patio surrounded by lush plants has a distinctly bistro vibe. The real action is on the third floor, reached by a spiral staircase. There, basking under the moonlight, the rooftop terrace is used for dining and drinks. The décor is more modern, casual and pop. You can park yourself at the bar for a few hours just to unwind and enjoy the gorgeous open sky view as the gentle breeze caresses your face. Its menu has been expanding under Chef Ramon Manuel Lopez Alarcon, who aims to provide inspiring, organic and fresh food. Tuna tatar and tuna tataki are his signature dishes. The seafood is directly sourced from local fishers, and the chicken from local farmers to guarantee freshness and quality. Its strawberry daiquiri is the most frequently ordered drink here, but its cosmopolitan is equally enticing. Whiskies, cognacs, rums and other drinks are also on the menu.
Address Calle 26 e/ 11 y 13, Vedado, La Habana
Phone No. +53 7 8322355
Opening hours noon to 2am