La Esperanza is so far removed from your typical Havana dining experience that we think it’s unforgettable. Found in the Miramar suburbs, the décor of this paladar gives the impression of a private home straight out of the 1930s, full of ornaments and knickknacks from the era. There is no menu; instead the owner will tell you what there is that day. Ask for prices if you want to know how much anything costs. There are also relatively few tables so booking is essential. The cooking, produced in the family kitchen, includes pollo luna de miel (chicken flambéed in rum); fish marinated in white wine, lemon and garlic; and a great curried chicken. The food, ambiance and creativity showcased at this unassuming Miramar paladar puts it among Havana’s best eating establishments.