I love to see New Albany expanding into an almost NuLu-esque haven for restaurants and independent shops. My fiance and I take ballroom dance lessons in New Albany, so one night after our lesson we gracefully sauntered over to Habana Blues, a Cuban inspired tapas joint, at 148 East Market Street, in New Albany, and a new location in Louisville at 2813 Hurstbourne Parkway.
First the good: the tapas was fun and delicious. A caprese salad is hard to do wrong, but when paired with a balsamic reduction it's particularly good, and a great summer dinner by itself. The chicken skewers were tender and well cooked. The Chuleta de Cordero, grilled lamb chops with roasted red peppers, hummus and marinated olives was the star of the meal—perfectly seasoned, perfectly tender and delicious.
Now the bad, or rather the less than good. Our service was abysmal, and our waitress was obviously annoyed with us, though the restaurant was not very busy, and our food took a tad too long to come out. Though the prices were not outrageous by any means, the portions (even the entree portions!) were very very small and light on the meat. If Habana Blues expects to compete with the very fantastic Havana Rhumba or Mojitos's, I suggest they step up their game.
Photo: Elizabeth Orrick