Chef

Mayelin Cruz Mejias

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Hello, I'm Mayelin! I am a professional chef, born, raised and trained in Cuba. My aim is to bring the fantastic tastes of Cuban food to you.

I absolutely love the food of Cuba, and cannot understand why it is not more readily available here in London. I'm sure that you will fall in love with the rich flavours and textures of my homeland as much as I did as a child, and I really look forward to sharing it with you.

Cuban food seems to have a combination of Spanish, African and Caribbean flavours, due to the many different nationalities that have flowed through Cuba's ports over the years. It is quite similar to Caribbean cooking, except not so spicy!

Please note that the main dishes all come with plain steamed rice and salad, as standard. I've offered variations on these sides in my 'side dishes' section, just in case you want to be more adventurous!

We have added a lovely dish for 2 which is normally available on Saturdays. This will need to be ordered in advance as it needs to be purchased and cooked slowly.

All dishes are cooked fresh, as I believe this is when it tastes best. You can be assured that no corners will be cut.

Please do take a look at my menu and please select the dishes you desire. I will then ensure that you receive a dish that you'll want to order again and again!

My Recipes

Beef Ripiada
Chicken in Salsa
Cuban Pork Chops
Pork in Salsa with Potatoes
Juicy Pork Stew
Cauliflower Cheese Main
Cheese Tortilla with Rice & Salad
Traditional Cuban Tortilla with sides
Tomato & Pepper Alaskan Pollock
Turmeric Chicken with sides
Beef Stew
Spanish Tortilla
Fried Egg with Sofrito

My Reviews

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Think it might be a personal taste but the pork chops were very very salty, as was the salad, which I found a bit strange. The bread and butter pudding was soggy but again that might be due to cold weather. Nice touch re. on the house coffee and chocolate marsmellow though. - Yen, SW19
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All excellent, would recommend to a friend! - Claire, SW18
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Very nice meal both dishes were well cooked and good flavours, refreshing salad, good portion size and I was even given a free lovely bread and butter pudding thanks Mayelin! - Robert, SW19
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The food is not worth the money and the word salsa should not be there. Slices of cucumber and tomato put together is not salsa. - Damandeep, SW19
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We've never tried Cuban food before so were excited to see Mayalin's menu. The food arrived on time and was absolutely delicious. We'll be back! - Emma, SW19
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The food was lovely, way better than the standard bland takeaway i usually get and the portion sizes were large. Delivery was on time despite my house being quite hard to find and the food arrived warm. Cant fault this meal at all i enjoyed every bit of it and will definitely be coming back again. Thank you!! - John, SW19
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The Food was OK but not amazing if I'm honest, the stew was lacking in flavour and the pork was quite tough. The portion sizes were very good but overall the experience was somewhat average. - Richard, SW19
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Wonderfully friendly service - delivered by Mayelin's husband even though I said I could pick it up. Good portion sizes, tasty food, felt like real home cooking. I also made a special request for no chili and Mayelin's husband called to confirm if I was ok with pepper - felt very personalised. - Priya, SW16
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Great food. It tasted like home-made. The chicken and pudding were superb. - Wanja Eric, SW19
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Mayelin's food did not disappoint. Everything tasted amazing, the Congri rice is exceptional and the chicken in salsa and pork chop were full of flavour and very fresh. Nice extra touches such were included with delivery which made for an extra special experience. FULL MARKS! - James, SW16
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Really nice the rice was out of this world and the bread & butter pudding was the best i have eaten - Tonye, SW17
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Very very tasty food and excellent value. More than enough for 2 people. The mints and filter coffee was a thoughtful unexpected touch. - Chris, SW17
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I have loads of experience of Cuba already, being a regular visitor, and must say this is authentic! Lovingly cooked and well tasty! I will have to order again. - Ana Maria, SW19
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A nice change from the usual chinese/indian takeaway. Freshly cooked and delivered very promptly. The Plantain is highly recommended. - Anne, SW20
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This was my first order through Housebites and I have to say it's pretty good. I thoroughly enjoyed the carne ripiada and tostones, they were a refreshing change from all the other food on offer in my area. The order arrived to my house within the time slot, was neatly packaged and hot. I will certainly be ordering more in the weeks to come. Thumbs up Mayelin, good food! - Terence, CR4
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Food was delivered exactly on time, nicely packaged. I ordered chicken in tomato and herb sauce, rice and salad, torrejas pudding. The chicken was cooked well, tasted very good and was well seasoned. Decent portion of rice, nice salad. Really good pudding (like bread and butter pudding), not oversweet. One small criticism I had was that I thought the amount of chicken could have been larger, I seemed to have quite a small portion. Overall a very good experience and I will be ordering again soon. - Robert, SW19
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Delicously cooked food, full of flavour. A great dish which I certainly enjoyed. 10 out of 10. - Alan, CR4
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Well prepared tasty food, delivered on time. Recommended. - jonathan, SW19
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Really enjoyed the food & service. Delivery was on time. Great change to Italan, Indian & Chinese. Cuban cuisine makes a great change. - Andrew, SW20
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