Little Havana is Charlie Carrington’s (Atlas Dining) love letter to the Miami district of the same name. On previous visits to the Cuban-inspired area, he was drawn to its art, music, hole-in the bars, cigar-rolling stores and standout Cubano sandwiches.
The long sandwiches, which visually resemble a panini, were created by Cuban immigrants to Florida. They’re often – but not always – toasted and are stuffed with ham, cheese, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles. And they’re everywhere in Little Havana – it has the highest Cubano-to-square-metre ratio in Florida.
Here in Melbourne, Little Havana is a fun, casual space that uses Miami’s two signature colours – neon pink and neon blue – as a visual leitmotif throughout. Although the star of the menu is rightfully the classic Cubano, there are four other Cuban-inspired sandwiches to try – including roast beef, chicken and mayo, and mushroom. There’s also a small range of salads, sides and sanga add-ons to investigate.
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