Happy 1st Birthday Rev de Cuba MK!

Last night I attended Revolucion de Cuba’s First Birthday Fiesta to mark a major milestone for the popular MK nightspot. 

Has the curse of The Theatre District been broken? Read on to find out… 

Blind folded and let loose with a bottle of rum

Last night I was invited to a media evening/bloggers event at Rev de Cuba in The Theatre District, Milton Keynes. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet some other bloggers who until last night, I’d only corresponded with on social media. Namely, Jo from Girl Eats World and Rob from Robs Ribs, both local food bloggers and really good company. It was also great to catch up with Vicky, The Powderpuff Room beauty blogger and also to see a few MKFM buddies, Lia, Vicki and Darren.

This was a launch event for Rev de Cuba for their new cantina (grub, to me and you) and cocktail menu.

We started the evening with the most delicious, frozen rhubarb cocktails, which tasted as good as they look. We sipped these whilst admiring and getting the low down on the cocktails from their new menu. Rev de Cuba is all about the rum and these new specials specifically focus on golden varieties of rum. All the cocktails are beautifully presented and are a treat for the eyes as much as the tongue. Just look at them!

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I was speaking with one of Rev’s cocktail makers Misan, when I recalled my bad experience trying mojitos. Actually, my first ever mojito put me off the whole idea of them. Mint that was smashed to smithereens that ended up shooting up the straw and destroying my palette with extreme, harsh mint flavours and nothing much else. I didn’t know why everyone was so hell bent on going crazy for them. Misan was so shocked that she marched me straight behind the bar and showed me exactly how she makes a mojito and then got me to make my one for myself. I am by no means a cocktail making expert, although I do find myself well experienced in the enjoyment of drinking them. I was then quite taken back by the subtle and refreshing taste of the classic mojito even made by my own amateur hands. They might not my most favourite drink on offer but they are definitely not the unpleasant experience I remember from all those years back. Thanks Misan!

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Then with three other volunteers, I took part in the most hilarious bar game. Split into pairs, one of us was blind folded and had to stand behind our partner at the bar. The blind folded contestant then had to reach around their team mate to make a mojito whilst not being able to see a single bean. I was the one who was blind folded and it was so hard trying to find everything and make a drink with nothing but my team mate Vicki giving me instructions on where to find things. It was so much fun and I’m so glad that I didn’t pour rum or lime juice all over her!

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We then all sat down with little plates and cutlery (and by this point in the evening, hungry tummies) and was introduced dish by dish to the new Cantina Menu.

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There was a two types of meaty sharing boards followed by a varied selection of tapas dishes. My firm favourite, as mentioned in a post about a previous visit, is the quality of their guacamole. Seriously tasty and moreish, I would come here for the nachos alone. The chicken thighs tapas dish was also good, with nice crispy chicken skin. I also checked out their meat balls and they were also soft and pleasing!

Then it was time for mains, including beef and chicken burritos, burgers and chimichurri chicken skewers (try saying that after a few cocktails). All perfectly acceptable and stomach filling.

Rev de Cuba has such a wonderful ambience inside. It doesn’t pretend to be fine dining so don’t come rocking in and expecting caviar and pan fried duck breasts. However it is the perfect place to meet friends, have a few cocktails and enjoy something different from just typical British pub grub.

As ever, Rev de Cuba. It’s been an absolute pleasure.

 

Have you visited Rev de Cuba yet? Read this first.

Yes, I’m late to the party but I like to call it fashionably late.

Revolución de Cuba opened in the Theatre District in Central Milton Keynes last October. A Cuban-inspired restaurant/bar that is passionate about rum and cocktails. With so much in common, how can we not get on?

So today, I got my chance to visit. It was with no fancy intentions, just husband and wife wanting to enjoy an early supper, a cheeky drink and add some cheer to an otherwise normal Sunday.

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Snaps to the interior designer. When you enter you are greeted by the light and spacious modern interior, you forget what you left on the outside of the door. The Theatre District, once the hub of entertainment and nightlife in MK is now looking a little tired and has lost its appeal to of all places, one named The Hub. But when you see places like this opening up, you think the Theatre District is not ready to give up without a fight.

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Their cocktail menu is ridiculously appetising and I was impressed that even Guyana was represented in their rum store. Guyana is a small West Indies Country that holds half my heritage as it’s where my Dad was born and although I’ve not yet had the opportunity to visit, I am extremely proud of the quirky place that can call itself the West Indies, South American and Caribbean, all at the same time.

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We ordered Totally Tropical Punch which came in the prettiest cocktail glass I have yet to see in Milton Keynes. It might not be to everyone’s taste, it did strike me as a touch 80’s and the sort of thing you might find in your Nan’s unused drinks cabinet BUT I LOVE IT. My husband, not so much.

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Sipping our cocktails we started to kick back and relax and looked for the food menu. The menu itself is unique, it looks like a newspaper and is a brilliant prop at helping you feel you’re sat in a beach restaurant on holiday. We’ll order food soon, after another cocktail and a read of the paper, dear. The menu is filled with a selection of tapas dishes, large plates, chicken and anassortment of burgers.

I love picky food and like a savoury selection box, tapas suits me perfectly. We ordered six – as the menu suggests for a main meal. Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce), Nachos del Sol (nachos), Mojo Chicken Quesadilla (chicken quesadilla), Gambas Pil Pil (prawns in butter, chilli, garlic and lime), Ropa Vieja Tacos (lamb tacos) and Pork Belly Skewers with a side of Artisan sourdough breads.

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The quality of the food was good for a restaurant/bar, which I’m sure come Friday and Saturday nights is all about the rum and less about the rum mayo. We both agreed that the Patatas Bravas was the tastiest we’ve tried in the area. The prawns were good and not overcooked like many restaurants are so guilty of serving up. The Nachos were moreish and the sweet slaw served with the lamb tacos suited my love of pickles perfectly. I know you can’t expect much to be said about bread, but the Artisan Breads that were freshly cut for us were very tasty and came with two contrasting butters. Top tip – stick to the white butter, it’s delicious.

We finished and the table was cleared promptly, here is where I will put my only niggle. In a very quiet restaurant we were left with empty glasses, full of excitement to order more drinks and waiting to be tempted by the desserts and there was no one to serve us. Now, going back to my earlier remarks of feeling like we were on holiday – If we had been then we would not have been in any rush, but with babysitters and life waiting back home we didn’t have all night.

However, my desire for dessert was not to be thwart and after having to go to the bar to order our sharing tapas style pudding it was worth the wait. I felt it was good value for a sweet selection of treats that were a pleasingly modest size for after a good meal.

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It was then time to say goodbye to the relaxed holiday atmosphere and make our way home. Has my service experience scared me off from visiting again? No. Do I want another cocktail? Hell yes.

Sunshine, cocktails and yummies

There has been a wealth of sunshine over Milton Keynes this week. It’s hard not to wear a smile, a bounce in your step and a fresh head that just wants to have summery fun with your loved ones. On top of that it’s only two days until my Birthday! So I am extra, extra excited.

To kick off festivities early. My husband and I decided to venture out for a treat. Now there’s so many eateries in Milton Keynes that serve great food but to try and get a decent drink at the same time is nay, impossible. I’m a girl who likes her cocktails. So an easy choice for us was Revolution at Xscape. (Shh it’s also special as it’s where we first met on a night out many moons ago)

They have just launched a new food menu which is another perk, after seeing the photos of the new food items on Facebook it was decided.

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As the temperatures were reaching twenty two degrees across MK and the sun was pounding down on us. We opted for one of their new summer cocktails called Captain Coconut. Rum (YUM!), Malibu, banana liqueur, pineapple and orange juice. Served on a mountain of ice to maintain super freezing temperatures and presented in a Boston tin (Cocktail shaker to me and you) from the first sip I could have easily been sitting on a beach in the Caribbean. Delicious.

Now we were ready to get our eat on. We decided to share the street food crate which was my type of grub. Small picky bits including two pulled beef sliders, the best ‘fat’ chips I have tasted in a long time that were dusted in ‘viper dust’, dough dogs, fried chicken (which tasted great with the pot of hot buffalo sauce) and a pot of very unique bbq crackling puffs. All served in a rustic crate, and in various enamel bowls and mugs. It was a fun dish and suited me to be able to try little bits of everything.

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For our mains we had the Pepperjack burgers which was filled with really crispy, tasty onion rings and came with a jug of rich pepper sauce (The husband adored the sauce – he loves pepper on everything). Really good burger that would rival many local ‘meat orientated’ restaurants.

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After that we could barely move, and with full bellies and sun-kissed cheeks, we slowly made our way home. Cup of tea and Netflix. I’m spent.