I was fortunate enough to be in Toronto again last week for a few days. I did not miss my chance to go to Mambo Lounge. I have been going to this little 'paradise' for a few years now each time I am in town.
I travel regularly to Cuba and this place is a piece of Cuba right on Danforth. It is well located and easy to get to by subway. Get off at the Broadview station, and it is a few steps away. The ambiance is welcoming, service is warm and friendly, the owner Andres is always there making sure everyone is happy and helping out anywhere he can, the food and drinks are excellent. Best mojitos in Toronto!
In the summer, they have a few Cuban Fiesta weekends scheduled where the cook prepares the typical Cuban fare of roasted pig, congris, etc. There is a band playing Cuban music and even a dancer performing. You can enjoy the sun and fresh air on their nice patio at the back or stay inside for a more romantic, dimmed light atmosphere. The restaurant is on the small side but I think it adds to the charm of the place. You can also book the whole restaurant for special functions.
I enjoy having dinner there with friends or hanging around the bar enjoying some great drinks and chatting with the staff and patrons. How I wish it was located in Ottawa, closer to me!
Try it, if you love Cuba, you will certainly love this place.
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