A Havana Haven

Oct 31 2018. views 297

Bringing the bright colours, rustic vibes and eclectic quirks of Cuba to Colombo, the newly opened King of the Mambo at the Galle Face Hotel is a highly Instagrammable restaurant and bar that will transport you straight to the Caribbean. With its vibrant ambience and invigorating music, it also features a private dining area and karaoke lounge. 

Having tried out the entire menu, these, we feel, are the more praiseworthy items on it.


Calamarcitos Calientes (5/5) – Fried calamari with chili and sour cream dips makes for an addictive starter. Mind you, the chili dip is rather spicy!

Guacamole Con Mambo (5/5) – Shrimp guacamole bites that are salty, crunchy, creamy and juicy all at the same time.



Arroz a La Cubana (4/5) – Rice with tomato sauce, banana and fried egg sound like a strange combo… Well it isn’t! We were sceptical about this one, but all the elements combined make perfect sense, yes, even the banana.  


Albondigas Indias (5/5) – Beef meatballs simmered in a delicious Mediterranean curry, and in case you were wondering, albondigas is the Spanish word for meatballs.




Crema a La Catalana (4/5) – Crème brulee with a subtle hint of cinnamon.

Ron Del Mambo (5/5) – A light and airy cake, soaked in rum and served with cream.

For cocktails, we recommend the El Chi Refrescao (vodka, mint, peach, raspberry and lime), and for a non-alcoholic drink the El Culicagao (strawberry reduction, condensed milk and cranberry) is a great choice.


 Photographs by: Waruna Wanniarachchi 


Sushmita Wijayaratna

Sushmita Wijayaratna is a lawyer-in-the-making, model on occasion, singer confined to the shower stall and an irregular gym-rat. She loves her sleep all things salted caramel.



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Galle Face Hotel, 2 Galle Rd Colombo, Sri Lanka 0300

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10 AM - 12 AM


Cuban Food

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