27 Feb '15, 2pm
The best apartments, delicious dishes and cracking cocktails in Cuba
The late Gilberto Smith Duquesne was Cuba's answer to a celebrity chef: tagged 'the king of lobster' for his expertise with crustacea; president of the country's Federation of Culinary Associations; and mobster Meyer Lanksy's personal cook in the 1950s. His grandson, who bears the same name, has set up El Figaro in the newly spruced-up 'barbers' alley', Calle Aguiar. Its slogan is 'food without hairs in it', but you can expect better than that, from stroganoff, ceviche and gazpacho to one of his grandfather's signature dishes: lobster sautéed in coffee, cream, white wine and cognac. Calle Aguiar 18 (+537 861 0544). From about £25 for two.