Havana Koi, in Morristown, crafts delectable Cuban cuisine with a bit of Asian panache in its welcoming and vibrant restaurant. For the ideal start to your meal, enjoy the angry clams with charred chorizo, jalapenos and tomatoes in a dry vermouth, lime and herb sauce and the poached duck egg with tomato. Other tapas small plates make excellent snacks, with popular choices including the roasted root vegetable-stuffed empanada pastry with miso mustard sauce, the Creole stewer beef ropa vieja arepas and the skirt steak churrasco skewers in Korean barbecue, mojo and sweet soy sauces. Some of Havana Koi�s specialty entr�es include the miso crusted fish with chive broth, the Cuban roasted chicken with orange avocado sauce and the tempura whole striped bass with mango and Asian pear slaw.
Enjoy your tantalizing meal at Havana Koi with a refreshing virgin mojito, made with lime juice, mint and simple syrup.
Service was adequate. Food was totally bland and tasteless. Portion size was small for cost and presentation was ordinary. Take your money somewhere else. There are many terrific restaurants in Morristown. This place will be gone before too long.
Great concept b/c there isn't much competition for a Cuban style eatery in the Mo-town area. Nice decor helped to heighten my anticipation. We ordered a variety of tapas, empanadas, & skewers which were mediocre at best. Pork belly was at temperature (safe to eat) but very much undercooked w/ the top layer being excessively chewy/tacky. The rest of our plates were far from cult status leaving plenty of room for improvement. Next, we ordered the tempura whole bass, but were told that they didn't have it in stock (on a Friday night??). Then we ordered the Miso crusted fish & were again disappointed that there was none in stock. That's when we started doubting the freshness of our tapas (tuna crudo & scallops). They need a better chef.
We've eaten at Havana Koi twice now. The first time the food was excellent: interesting choices, and everything we tried was really good. We especially loved the mango and Asian pear salad: crisp, delicious, with clear flavors of mango and Asian pear. The second time was a strong disappointment: we shared 6 of the smaller dishes (a mix of salads, small plates, and sides); two were good, three were so-so, and the mango and Asian pear salad was dismal: a barely detectable trace of mango, a slimy dressing, and so much raw onion that we couldn't taste the Asian pear at all. We'll wait a while and try them again -- maybe this last time was the chef's night off.
Our waiter was very pleasant. I liked the fusion. Menu was a bit small. Loved the flank steak appetizer. Would go back for those.
We had dinner on the outside terrace the other night. The appetizer lettuce wedge salad with chorizo and blue cheese, crackling pork and miso fish entrees were fabulous! For dessert we tried the dulce de leche cheesecake which did not have any caramel taste. When we told the server, she brought a flan in its place which was wonderful! The setting was nice, although the table was a bit rocky and unstable. One recommendation is to have candles or lighting of some kind as it gets dark. It was very difficult to see what we were eating.
A refreshing change from the usual Italian or Steak house in Morristown! Great to sit outside on a nice summer night and enjoy some interesting Cuban style small plates.
The employees were so nice I'm sad to write a bad review. The food was terrible fried calamari was the only edible item, even the virgin mojito and desert was not good.
If going on a show night, be sure to let your server know immediately and get there earlier. We observed many disgruntled patrons who were still waiting for food and had a show to get to.
The arepas and empanadas were good. I wouldn't recommend the crispy beef appetizer. It had an unusual texture and flavor. The ropa vieja and braised chicken entrees were both enjoyable. Great red sangria. Service wasn't very attentive. Overall it was a decent experience and would consider returning.
We took a chance on this one after reading mixed reviews. Three of us filled up on tapas, sitting outside on a beautiful night. We arrived at 7:30, with a reservation. It was crowded but the service was just fine. We were visiting from out of town and wish this one was closer to our home. The only glitch was it doesn't serve alcohol, but they volunteered to run out to the store down the street for wine or beer. Ove of our party ran out instead.
Horrible service which ruined the experience. Food was ok but the horrible service ruined everything. The sangria was awful as well.