In Old Havana (Habana Vieja) we came across a small restaurant and bar with the marketing nightmare of a name, El Shamuskia’o. Located on Muralla Street in between Habana and Compostela, El Shamuskia’o became a Havana favourite for Rocío and me, visiting four times.
El Shamuskia’o serves freshly prepared food and nice cocktails with a smile. With Cuba’s limited supplies the restaurant does well to provide a variety of meals, often with an original touch. Over our visits we tried much of the menu and almost everything succeeded, with the eggplant dish my favourite.
When we introduced friends Steen and Maike to El Shamuskia’o, they became immediate converts.
Like the menu, El Shamuskia’o’s interior also has the owner’s personal touch including a portrait of Quanah Parker with a wolf. Parker was a leader of the Comanche Indians who fought against the United States’ government in the 19th century. Rocío liked the portrait and wanted a photo.
When El Shamuskia’o’s owner saw this, he showed Rocío his similar Quanah Parker tattoo.