EAT TO YOUR HEART'S CONTENT WITH MANGO OVERLOAD AT CAFÉ HAVANA

Cafe Havana classy yet cozy interiors

For wanting something new, the late Larry J. Cruz who founded the LJC Restaurant Group created Café Havana, located at the posh Greenbelt Mall. With an emphasis on Cuban lifestyle, the restaurant is a mix of other LJC restaurants in Malate as well as its Spanish-themed restaurant Mil Novecientos (1900).

Pollo Buenavista platter 

For my Loco Over Mangoes article, I had two equally scrumptious dishes. Pollo Buenavista composed of three portions in one huge platter – grilled chicken, well-seasoned that’s tender in every bite, salad greens with crisp ice berg lettuce and curly lollo rosso then mixed with bell pepper strips, cucumber slices and drizzled with sweet-sour balsamic vinaigrette. The salad was garnished with white onion rings. As for the salsa, it was a refreshing mango and pear combination – sweet diced mangoes blend perfectly with the crunch inherent in fresh pears. 

exploding flavors of Manglaya

The other dish is an equally mouth-watering dish. Mangalaya (which in Tagalog can literally mean “free mangoes” when separated into two words). It’s a simple but flavorful dish composed of cubed ripe mangoes and black beans with chopped tomatoes and garnished with spring onions. The salad dressing made it quite different from the usual, with the use of ginger puree adding a sweet-spicy, peppery flavor and pungent aroma, making Mangalaya truly distinct.      

I first included Café Havana in my article at Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine Issue 3, Volume 2 at their Flora Watch Section entitled Loco About Mangoes.


Café Havana  
Greenbelt 3 Mall, Makati City
An LJC Restaurant Group

Photos by Mike Caballes
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2 comments:

  1. you shoud have tired their mangojito as well:)

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  2. thanks for your suggestion, goodfor2, will try it on my next visit :) and thanks for checking my site :)

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