Cuba is the birthplace of the Mojito, although the exact origin of this classic cocktail is the subject of debate. One story traces the Mojito to a similar 16th century drink, the "El Draque", in honor of Sir Francis Drake. It was made initially with aguardiente, a primitive predecessor of rum, but rum was used as soon as it became widely available to the British. Mint, lime and sugar were also helpful in hiding the harsh taste of this spirit. While this drink was not called a Mojito at this time, it was still the original combination of these ingredients.
Havana was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and due to its strategic location it served as a springboard for the Spanish conquest of the continent becoming a stopping point for the treasure laden Spanish Galleons on the crossing between the New World and the Old World. King Philip II of Spain granted Havana the title of City in 1592
HabanaCafe Restaurant-Bar is devoted to a constant exploration of Cuban culture, art, music, flavors and traditional Dances . The tropical ambiance and delicious menu of Cuban traditional and favorites dishes will make our restaurants a must-see, must-experience dining destination.Find us very soon at
Roanoke City Market Bldg
32 Market Square SE, Roanoke, VA 24011

Our Menu is a fusion of Spanish, African and Caribbean cuisines. Cuban recipes share spices and techniques with Spanish and African cooking, with some Caribbean influence in spice and flavor. This results in a unique, interesting and flavorful blend of the several different cultural influences. A small, but noteworthy, Chinese influence can also be accounted for.

During colonial times, Cuba was an important port for trade, and many Spaniards who lived there brought their culinary traditions along with them.