Tapas & Cocktails at Revolucion de Cuba, Derby
The Boy and I have always had a great time at Revolucion de Cuba but we’ve only ever been there in the daytime, so when it was a friend’s 21st birthday we decided to go and let our hair down in style. We all hopped on the Trent Barton “nines” service into Derby city centre and poddled over into Revolucion. The delightful Laura was as bubbly as ever (and looking mighty fine if I may say so) as she showed us to our table. Happy hour was just coming to an end (5-7pm on Fridays) so the place was already full of people welcoming in the weekend and there was a great buzz in the air.
We kicked off our little party with a round of Mojitos and Margaritas and toasted the birthday girl’s health. For food we settled on the Tapas selection; and each couple chose 6 different dishes. At £28 for the 6 dishes it represents really good value for money, as each dish is a considerable size that you don’t always appreciate when it is in the serving dish. Midweek the offer is 3 tapas dishes for £13.
For a few minutes our table fell pretty much silent as we tucked in and savoured the great South American cuisine. This was the first time our friends had been to Revolucion de Cuba and they absolutely loved it; they thought the food was great and were really impressed with the huge selection of beers, wines and cocktails on offer. Talking of which, it wasn’t long before we girls had a pitcher of Pimms and the hombres had Peroni’s.
Our server, Sally, was a great young lady and she was a total professional all evening. She regularly checked to see if we needed more drinks and checked we were happy with our food, and did it with a lovely smile. After the Tapas none of us really had much room in our tummies left for pudding, but we stepped up to the plate for the completeness of this blog and tucked into the Mini Dessert sharing platter. What can I say, except yum yum yum?
Early on in the evening there was a live band playing Latino inspired sounds and everyone seemed to enjoy their vibe, and then this carried on with upbeat music tracks played through the sound system. The bar area had a constant stream of people through it, and the crowd were all up for having a good time, and the tables were all occupied too.
We had some great craic with a neighbouring couple of tables as we were all at various points doing hilarious things that obviously other tables take notice of. It was brilliant to experience such great camaraderie in a city centre venue; sometimes things can be a little more fraught at some venues and cities. Obviously the great people of Derby and Derbyshire know how to do things with style and panache, and don’t stoop to petty squabbles.
Our little group tried a wide variety of cocktails including classic Mojitos, Raspberry Pimiento Margaritas, a Zombie and a Stinging Honey Margarita, but we couldn’t visit de Cuba without doing a round of Tequila shots.... a gulp of liquor, lick of salt and hearty suck of the lime wedge later and we grinned like loonies at each other at the amazing night we’d had.
All too soon the time to head back to the bus stop to await our carriage home came, and we thanked Laura for her, and her teams, efforts in making our night such a wonderful occasion. Top Marks and Hot Wings ahoy again for team RDC. :)