A Havana Haven

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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