Sunday, 14 August 2011

Ottawa Restaurant Review: Mambo Nuevo Latino

Mambo Nuevo Latino was created by the same people who own KINKI, the Asian Fusion restaurant just around the corner in the market. So, I'll give it roughly the same review--cool food ideas and awesome decor, but lacks a lot of finesse. Also quite overpriced. 

I went here with some Rotaract friends (and Andrew's new roommate) just for an impromptu get-together and it was definitely a nice ambience to hang around in, especially because we got the nice canopied area on the roof with cushions and stuff. Most of us (myself not included!) mainly just ordered some fun drinks (ie sangria and a two buckets of Corona) but Mangla and I decided to test out their menu. Mangla ordered the Verano Flat Bread which was pesto, onion, jalapeno, tomato, cucumber, goat cheese, roasted almonds, strawberries, balsamic reduction, and greens on flatbread ($12). It was a super cool flavour profile, although the balsamic tasted strangely enough like soy sauce...

Verano Flat Bread
I ordered the Siesta Nachos with roasted tomato and garlic sauce, mozzarella cheese, corn (I love corn on nachos!) beans, cilantro, pico de gallo and sour cream ($13).  They were pretty decent. A bit burnt around the edges, as you can see even with the less than professional photo below, but it was a decent size and really tasty. 

Siesta Nachos
Oh yeah, and I also ordered an Pina Colada which sucked a lot. The dairy and juice components were majorly separating by the time I had had two sips. Oh well, I didn't really care at that point to complain. ...why? Because then it started to rain! So we went inside and continued our little gathering for a little while before moving on to the next location.
Myriam, Mangla and Julia
Positivies: It was a super cool place, although I think the ideal time to go would have definitely been Happy Hour, where most of the drinks are reduced in price, and they have their tapas selection for the same price, but double the quantity! Has a great roof too!

Negatives: Waaay overpriced. especially since we only ordered from the tapas menu and didn't even venture into entree territory. None of the entrees were really below $24, and didn't seem that exciting.

Final Note: Now, I might have not said this before going to South America, but since I just came back from there, I can say with certainty that this place definitely lacked some true LATIN FLAVOUR!

Note as of September 8, 2012: An article in the Globe and Mail was written about the owner of this restaurant's retaliation to a negative review from a customer and it is likely that ratings for this restaurant may continue to decline.

 Mambo Restaurante Nuevo Latino on Urbanspoon

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