La Covacha: A date with Omara Portuondo

La Covacha: A date with Omara PortuondoHAVANA, March 29 (By: Yanelys Hernández Cordero)  La Covacha: A date with Omara Portuondo Music and gastronomy are two arts that seem distant from each other; however in La Covacha they combine, achieving a harmony capable of satisfying the most demanding customer.

Approximately 3 km from the José Martí International Airport and located at Calle 229 # 21017 e / 210 and 216, Fontanar, the restaurant materializes an old dream of Omara Portuondo. The outstanding Cuban interpreter of international fame, from the 80s she devised the La Covacha project; In the beginning I saw it as a place to sell homemade desserts and typical food, although it was a bit more comprehensive.

Its gastronomic offerings, not only include the elaboration of traditional Cuban dishes, pastries and a cocktail bar with names inspired by the Las D’Aida Quartet; but the presence of the experienced chef Maydi Morejón makes them owners of an author kitchen with gourmet style.

The family history, tradition and especially the artistic career of “La Novia del Feeling” are the essence of the establishment. According to Ariel Jiménez, son of the hostess, “the set recreates visually several decades of the life of Omara, where its presence is logically exalted in a musical event known as Buena Vista Social Club”.

From the arrival to the place we surround ourselves with an allegorical decoration to the Cuban culture in several of its manifestations where the music occupies a leading space. In addition, the establishment supports the principle of listening to traditional music and songs of Omara itself, although contemporary proposals are also reproduced.

The plastic and photography can not be ignored, present through the mural to the left of the entrance and the images of it with Elena Burke, Moraima Secada and her sister, Haydé Portuondo.

The permanent invitation for some other presentation of the also known as “La Sonera Mayor” is another attraction, especially for lovers of his heartfelt interpretations; who can enjoy live the quality and purity of a voice that remains beautiful despite the passage of time.La Covacha: A date with Omara Portuondo

And although only 5 months have passed since the inauguration of La Covacha, several presentations have been made by Omara, as well as other guests. And it is that La Covacha not only attracts customers who are eager for good service, but also to figures of our music and in a general sense to personalities of national and international culture, as well as talented young people who begin their careers.

This extraordinary woman, who confesses eternal admirer of Arsenio Rodriguez, Isolina Carrillo, Ernesto Lecuona, among others; arrives with his calm walk to La Covacha. He gives his personal touch to the restaurant by decorating it with sunflowers because, as he confesses, he likes them a lot and reaffirms “they last longer than roses”.

The “Miss Omara Brown “also gives name to several dishes and cocktails of the restaurant. Precisely, this is the name given to the mojito of the house that acquires a brown color, making it one of the most exotic drinks of the place. For its part, the Piña Colada “Omara Zu” in its presentation maintains the base of the fruit, which gives it more natural and cubanía to the shaker proposal. But the bar would not be complete without the authentic “Tule city” or “El Covachazo”, main drink.

Among the gastronomic offerings, the entree of tuna tartar with a crispy rice paper and a tamarind sauce stands out. For lovers of maritime products, the main fish in lemon sauce with sautéed vegetables and clam will be a feast for the senses. Nevertheless; Omara -and us- chooses the old clothes, which in addition to being her favorite food, is one of the most demanded creations by the clients.

As for sweets, the choice of “la Diva” is harder, as the flan (special recommendation of Havana Live) competes with other appetizing proposals such as “El postre Covacha” which consists of a pineapple coulis with ginger, pump fruit candied with brandy and honey, an emulsion of cream cheese and crunchy cheese.

With her bun, her red lips, her eternal smile and her jokes at the wrong time; cataloga “a scorpion in all its splendor.” Her personality has a lot to do with being born 9 days after October 20 (National Culture Day) and in a family that she describes as “musical”.

The versatility that distinguishes her within the artistic scene, from one style to another (feeling, jazz, new trova, traditional Cuban song, are, danzón, bolero, habanera) has become applause and fame for this woman who at 87 years old He keeps his modesty more alive than ever.

We almost finished our meeting when he talks about his experience on the stage with Ignacio Villa “Bola de Nieve”, Benny More and other illustrious figures who have left their mark on his memory and work. Saying goodbye to La Covacha and her star was not an easy task after exchanging stories, feelings and good dishes for hours.

However, the idea of sharing another dinner or that exquisite cappuccino with Omara Portuondo in that little piece of authentic Cuba, will always invite us to come back: and we will do it! Appointments:

A thematic restaurant that will make you travel accompanied by good music and excellent food