During President Obama’s key visit to Cuba, he and his family made a visit to popular family-owned restaurant San Cristóbal Paladar.
Paladares, restaurants co-owned by Cuban families and the government, are an institution recently approved by the Cuban government under economic reforms that encourage small businesses, according to NewsBusters. Paladares usually take the form of homes where a portion has been turned into a restaurant. Owners have to pay a fee to the government to maintain their business.
The president ate ‘solomillo a la plancha,’ or steak on the grill, cooked medium-well with a side of vegetables. Michelle Obama ate sliced steak and wine, and their daughters ate steak and pork. When the waiter offered wine to the president, he said, “No, no, I have to work tomorrow,” reports WSVN.
Other notable VIPs that have visited the restaurant are Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who dined there during a visit to the country in 2013, according to Eater.