Friday 10 August 2018

Revolution De Cuba Newcastle Review

Revolution De Cuba has recently opened its doors here in Newcastle, bringing the carnival back to the Bigg market area, which is having a bit of a makeover these days. Based in the old pig and whistle bar the venue has had an impressive makeover and is a welcome addition to the area which is changing into a much nicer partying area of the toon. Located in the Coth Market section, near Flares it is set over three floors and I can see it becoming very popular with the locals over the coming months. 

cuban paella

I visited Revolution De Cuba last week on a very rainy and cold Sunday with my teenage daughter to see what all the fuss was about. As it was lashing down with rain outside we did not get to enjoy the summery terrace area or the roof garden, instead settling in a cosy booth in the main restaurant area to dry off. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch whilst listening to some live Latin music in the cheery tropical inspired dining area, which almost made you think you were somewhere exotic and not in grey and rainy Newcastle. 

First impressions were good as the staff were really helpful and friendly, showing us to a table and explaining the menu. The atmosphere was lovely and relaxing and there was a real mix of people dining in the restaurant, from groups of friends catching up over cocktails to couples enjoy a romantic meal and families enjoying some lunch with both young and old children like myself and daughter. 

I had never dined in a Cuban inspired restaurant before so I had no idea what to expect on the menu, I need not have worried though as there really was so much choice. From tapas, Cuban dishes, burritos, burgers and sandwiches there is sure to be a dish to please everyone. The only hard part was deciding what to order as it all sounded rather delicious. 

cheeseburger taco tapas starter from revolution de cuba newcastle

I finally settled on the Cheeseburger Tacos for starter (£5.75) from the tapas menu, it was lightly seasoned beef mince topped with melting Manchego cheese and served on three soft corn tacos. It arrived looking impressive and nicely presented and I could not wait to tuck in. The mince was delicious and worked well with the cheese and taco, it really did taste just like a cheeseburger and was a nice little treat. Unfortunately, It had a really strong taste of coriander, which I am not a fan of but that is just personal preference. 

three cheese burger tacos tapas

My teenage daughter opted for the Smokey Chicken Skewers (£6.00) again from the tapas menu, which is 2-4-1 on a Sunday. Three juicy chicken skewers arrived with a side of salsa and they were delicious. I will definitely be ordering these the next time I visit. 

three bbq chicken skewers with salsa tapas started revolution de cuba

Onto mains and I decided to try the Paella de Cuba (£10.50) an aromatic rice piled with prawns, marinated chunks of chicken and a smokey chorizo and topped with pico de gallo. This dish was bursting with flavour and packed full of meat and prawns, it was delicious although it did have quite a lot of coriander again. It was so filling that I only managed to eat half of it. 

dish of cuban paella on a wooden board with side salad and lime

My daughter, Chloe, played it safe and ordered the Cuban Cheeseburger (£10.50) which was a premium 8oz steak burger served in a toasted bun with melting manchego cheese and cheddar cheese. This came with a side of crispy fries and a delicious pot of rum mayo. The burger was so thick and juicy and the combination of the two cheeses worked so well together, it truly was mouthwatering. 

cheeseburger in bun with mug of fries and pot of rum mayo

By this point, we were both very full but my teenage daughter never misses the chance to have dessert, no matter how full she is. She ordered the Chocolate Brownie (£4.50) which was a chocolate brownie drizzled with rum caramel, served with vanilla pod ice cream, fresh strawberry and a sprinkle of basil sugar. 

chocolate brownie with run caramel sauce, ice cream and strawberry

The Passionfruit and Mango cheesecake (£4.50) was what I ordered and this was the perfect way to finish my Cuban meal. Baked cheesecake topped with sweet mango and tangy passionfruit it was utterly delicious and one of the nicest cheesecakes I have had in a long time. Highly recommend the cheesecake if you visit as it was without a doubt my favourite part of the meal. 

slice of mango and passionfruit cheesecake with sprig of mint

Overal we had a really nice lunch at Revolution De Cuba, the food was nice, staff were friendly, it was a lovely relaxed atmosphere and the venue was looking fab. After telling my partner about the meal he is eager to visit himself and I will be heading back with him, as I am eager to try some more of the menu and I especially want to enjoy the delicious mango and passionfruit cheesecake again. I have also heard great things about the cocktails so I am looking forward to trying them too. 

Have you visited Revolution De Cuba yet, if so what did you think? 

Revolution De Cuba 
1-3 Cloth Market

Telephone 0191 9177076

Food is served seven days a week 10am-10pm

You can find out more, view the menu and special offers and book online at

Disclosure We received complimentary food and drink for the purpose of this review, however, all opinions are my own. 


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