Let's discuss the way I discovered this amazing restaurant find. It all started with my sister-in-law posting a video link share that was posted on Facebook which was about a few guys and their first time experience at Habana's Sunday Brunch Buffet. It was best described as the Disneyland of Cuban cuisine. The reason why my sister-in-law posted it was because she is a singer and it reminded her of the Havana song. She resides in the Philippine Islands so I knew it wasn't really about her visiting the place in question, but the place in question was but a little over an hour away from where I live. I my fellow foodie friends, had to make this happen. My tastebuds and belly were screaming to make this happen. If I woke up the next morning with Habana being the first thing on my mind, I WILL MAKE THIS HAPPEN.
I was unable to make reservations online. I assume the buffet reservations are to be made by phone only? Just note that they are booked by a few weeks to even a month in advance. If it's something you are considering, book it now! They have two locations, Irvine and Costa Mesa. The brunch buffet is only on Sunday's with the hours of 9am - 4pm. The current cost is $45 per adult and $19 for those under the age of 10. I was a bit confused in other vlogs that I have seen with the drinks (i.e., fresh coconut, Cubano's, etc.). Drinks are not included and sold separately.
First impressions were just exciting. We parked our car and you can hear the music from afar. You can feel the happy vibes with Cuban music! They have one side which is the bakery and a mini shop of some wonderful Cuban goods from guava jam, cookies, coffee, and more. The setting is a cute little cafe to enjoy a Cubano or cup of coffee, pastry, a menu item and maybe even watch some television on the antique box television. The other side is the restaurant entrance. The moment you walk in, it has this comforting ambiance of classy, yet a refreshing feel with open patio doors that lead you to several patios and colorful umbrellas. Each room had goodies to discover. They had fresh salads of vegetables and fruits, a variety of cheeses, fresh honeycomb, delicious warm side dishes to Lechon (roasted pig), turkey, chicken, catch of the day fish, roast beef, seafood (shrimp, crab, ceviche), paella, a breakfast spread of pancakes, french toast, bagels, different sausages, made-to-order omelettes, fresh yogurt, and baked sweets. The list goes on.
This buffet didn't give you that 'typical' buffet feel of just making things look pretty yet everything was tasting the same or tasting bland. You felt each dish was made with love and time. I was honestly trying to find which dishes I was going to thumbs down as I always do in every buffet, but I really enjoyed each and every dish I put on my plate. I even cleaned all of my desserts which I never do. My eyes typically get the better of me at buffets and my tastebuds throw in the towel because it wasn't that good. Habana done this buffet right. Although the drinks weren't included, it doesn't stop me from wanting to revisit this place for the amazingly delicious spread of food. Was it worth my $45? In my book - YES! I enjoyed it and so did each and everyone in my family.
If you want to see our visit, come with us and watch our vlog! Hope you enjoy!