There’s a reason why Escudo de Cuba has become one of Dalston’s top places for dinner, garnering rave reviews from Londoners across the city – simply put, the restaurant offers London’s best traditional Cuban cuisine in a positively charming atmosphere. Situated on Stoke Newington Road, close to Dalston Kingsland Station, this foodie favourite is open seven days a week from midday until midnight serving up Cuban classics ranging from empanadas to arepas, and everything in between.
Award-winning head chef Marcas of Escudo de Cuba has already made a name for himself throughout London with his former restaurant Cuba Libre. Now, he’s proud to be leading one of the finest cooking crews in London and is passionate about sharing the joys of eating Cuban cuisine with Dalston locals. And it’s not just the food that Escudo de Cuba on Dalston’s Stoke Newington Road does right – the restaurant is also well known for its inventive cocktail menu (try the revolution punch) and its selection of delicious sangrias.
At Escudo de Cuba in Dalston, many dishes are served tapas-style, making it easy for you to mix and match. We recommend starting with small plates like platano maduro con guacamole (fried ripe plantain gratin with guacamole) or the calamares fritos (fried calamari) before sampling hearty mains such as the bistec de falda, a seasoned chargrilled skirt steak served with vegetables, spicy potatoes and a homemade spicy green sauce. Dining with your significant other? Be sure to split the paella de la casa for two, served with an array of seafood, chicken and chorizo. Don’t get left out in the rain – reserve a table at London’s Escudo de Cuba now.
Amazing food and wonderful atmosphere. We went there for our wedding anniversary as we went to Cuba for our honeymoon. The staff are lovely. Very authentic.
The food was incredible and portions were huge. We really loved the atmosphere We can highly recommend the restaurant and can't wait to go back :)
Amazing food and service Great value for money and really great cocktails as well. Friendly staff and also really flexible with adapting the menu for dietary requirements!
Arrive before 8pm to get 2 amazing cocktails for 10£, start with the homemade empanadas (veggie, chicken or beef, they all taste delicious). Then make your choice between the 12 tapas and enjoy ! Everything is always perfect at Escudo :)
Great food, friendly staff. Escudo de Cuba never disappoints me. The cocktails are delicious, the tapas have perfect size portions as do all the other dishes. I feel at home when I'm at Escudo even though I can't call myself a regular as I live far. Whenever I'm in the east for a night out, I know where I want to begin!
We chose this restaurant for it's paleo friendly menu. Decor is cool and clean, set in hipster Dalston, it looked promising! Staff were so welcoming and the complimentary plantain chips and olives, immediately told us we had chosen well. After some assistance to clarify dairy and grain free items, I went for the ROPA VIEJA A LA CUBANA and replaced the rice and beans with cassava chips and salad. The shredded beef was packed with flavour, just delicious! After our meals, we were given complimentary tequila shots, ok so I didn't have mine, but I loved the gesture! Before we thought it couldn't get any better, the bill came without "discretionary" SERVICE CHARGE!! We tipped them more than 12.5%!!
One of the best south american restaurants in London. Got a nice vibe. Food was brilliant, fresh and nicely prepared. Staff was excellent and I would definitely go there again. My wife is from Venezuela and the waitress recommended to try the carne mechada, it so good. We also had some Seafood dishes, which was really fresh tasty. In the end we were given tequila shots on the house and it was a such a nice way to finish our night. I would highly recommend this place.
We went there for my husband's birthday on a Friday night. We called to say we'd be 10 minutes late and were told to "take our time", when we got there the place was really crowded, we could barely hear eachother, and we ended up waiting 1 hour for our table. Anyway... it was worth the wait, the staff were really friendly, cocktails were as they should be, prices were reasonable for London and THE FOOD WAS AMAZING, we couldn't finish our main, so unfortunately we didn't have any room for dessert :( Will definitely return.
Staff were great and helpful, but they cannot manage large groups. We were a group of 35, who had even sent them a pre-order in advance. Serving of food was slow and they struggled to provide dishes to the right guests despite receiving a seating plan and name cards! Some of the main courses were cold and at least 4 delivered 10-15 mins after the main group. They did serve complimentary drinks who received dishes late. Private room was poor on decor as the tables and chairs some of which were wooden benches. A venue more for couples or to drink and hang out rather than a place formal sit down group meal.
Dinner for ourselves and our sons. We went on Saturday night and the restaurant was lively but not over the top. We were greeted and shown to our table by a very friendly member of the team. We had a great meal (watch out for the large portions - we made the mistake of having tapas starters!). The food was well cooked and served and was good value for money. Will go back