Here it is, another weekend and I can’t think of a better place to spend it than Havana Sensation in Metrowest Orlando. A friendly, well stocked and inviting smoke shop/lounge, Havana Sensation has brought to Metrowest a flavor of Cuban food, music and passion for cigars that has livened up the area.
Owner Edson Santoro, opened the cigar shop just over a year ago and has been welcoming all who enter his establishment with a smile and an uncanny knowledge of cigars ever since.
Shelves stocked with Gurkha, Hupmann, LFD, Oliva, Rocky Patel, Padron, Ashton, La Aurora, Don Pepin, La Gloria Cubana and many more popular and boutique cigars, line the mustard colored walls while traditional cigar art is peppered throughout. The seating is plenty and comfortable with leather couches and chairs and wooden tables and chairs arranged throughout to easily accamodate the single smoker looking to read in a corner or groups of people engaged in a tense game of dominos.
In the back is an area with a bar and coolers stocked with an incredible selection of beer including, Bud Lime, Corona, Cigar City Maduro, Sam Adams IPA, Orlando Brewing Brown Ale, Blonde Ale, Shipyard, Shipyard Blue Fin Stout, Presidente, and Red Stripe Lager.
The shop offers excellent customer service with people like Richard on hand to answer questions about cigar flavors, what is new or to make recommendations. On a personal level, Richard has never steered me wrong and has turned me onto the likes of La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor, Rocky Patel, the Decade, Oliva O and G, Gurkha and countless other cigars with deep dark espresso and nutty flavors.
There are three flat screen televisions to watch sports or movies on and at one point they were offering a movie of the week night. Music is piped throughout the shop, more as background so as not to deter from conversation and depending upon who is working can range from Cuban salsa to classical to jazz. Music is also piped out to the patio area in front of the shop where several tables are available for seating.
Though not a restaurant, I have been pleasantly surprised by the frequency and caliber of the food Havana Sensation serves during special events. I just missed an impromptu barbecue to welcome spring which featured barbecue and jerk style chicken, vegetable medley, pork and chicken sausage, steak kabobs and vine ripened tomatoes that I heard were sweet and delicious. Anthony “Street” was the chef on hand who created the wonderful guava barbecue sauce and I hope not to miss the next one! I did make it for a Saturday celebration back in November and stuffed myself with roast pork, rice and plantains. Ed and his family were there to prepare and serve the authentic Cuban cuisine and from the smiles on everyone’s faces, it was a hit!
Havana Sensation has recently begun doing beer and cigar pairings on select Thursday evenings and has already featured Presidente beer with La Aurora cigars and Sam Adams paired with Montecristo Platinum. Check out their website at: www.Havanasensation.com join them on Facebook or follow their blog at www.havanasensation.blogspot.com for the latest information.
Whether an aficionado or a beginner, Havana Sensation is a great place to stop in and enjoy a smoke in a very casual and friendly atmosphere!