Despite coming into a successful third year ranking at 22 on Tripadvisor Havana is often referred to as ‘Hidden Gem’ or ‘Belfast’s Best Kept Secret’ simply because the atmosphere is so warm and friendly that every dining experience remains special.
No dining occasion showcases the offerings better than the Cocktail Masterclass & 2 Course Meal package. At just £45pp you can sample two fabulous courses from the A La Carte Menu with the option to add on a third (if you have any room left). Menu options include ‘Springhill Duck, Soya Lime, Saki, Chinese Cabbage’ to start, ‘Slow Braised Beef, Pearl Onions, Brown Cap Mushrooms, Pepper Cream’ for main and sweets such as ‘Steamed Sticky Toffee Pudding, Belfast Brew Ice Cream, Date, Muscavado’.
Then comes the Masterclass. After receiving a Champagne Cocktail on arrival each person then gets to make and drink a further three cocktails during the class. Your dedicated mixologist will demonstrate each cocktail from start to finish highlighting techniques to balance flavours and layer colours and then keep you on the right path when it comes to your turn. The class takes place at the bar for groups of 8 or less. Anything above that is set up at your table.
Cocktail number one is a ‘Classic Daiquiri’ which is an introduction into balancing flavours. The three simple ingredients of rum, lime and a sweetener should find a balance in your glass. Your mixologist will start you off with a basic recipe 1 ½ ounces light rum, ¾ ounce fresh lime juice, ¼ ounce simple syrup. If your drink is a bit too tart, add more sugar. If it is too sweet, add more lime. It is a matter of personal taste as to how you like your Classic Daiquiri.
Cocktail number two is a ‘Dirty Ocean’ which brings the group on to layering colours. Ingredients include Cartron Melon, Cartron Blue Curacao and Pineapple Juice. Fresh and fruity it is a firm favourite and adds momentum to your growing cocktail skill set.
The ‘Strawberry Trifle’ brings on the finale. Adding a third layer and another technique, it’s the party piece of the class. Ingredients include Cartron Cerise, Pineapple Juice, Vanilla Cream and Zesty Lemonade.
Suited to Families, Birthdays, Girl’s Nights Out, Tour Parties and Corporate Events the Masterclass really is a night out with a difference. Packages include Masterclass £30pp, Masterclass & Tapas £30pp, Masterclass & Two Course Evening Meal £45pp. Classes run Monday to Saturday through out the day with no limits for numbers as such (Havana has done up to a class of 45 so far – anyone for organised chaos?). Subject to availability and deposits of £10pp to secure all bookings. For additional information or to make a booking visit www.havanabanksq.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org