I have been lucky to have my mother visit us this summer. This is her second visit without dad, this visit has been a little easier for all of us. The children in particular have enjoyed their time with her, especially Deepta, who has enjoyed sharing all her little activities with grand mom.
The best part of her visit for me has been our Fridays. I have been able to take off the Fridays, and we have tried to get in some Mom and me time. Simple things, like working in the kitchen together, spending some time getting a slow cooker for my brother, or trying out a new cuisine for mom.
The past Friday offered the perfect opportunity for me to check out the new Latin Beat in town – Arlen’s new restaurant Mambo 64. I wanted mom to get a glimpse of the Latin flavors that Anshul and I love so, much but wanted her to be able to do it at her pace, in a comfortable manner. I could not have picked a better place.
The restaurant sophisticated colorful vibe, does not for a moment mask the “down home” feeling right from the moment you walk in. Since, I had gone at lunchtime, I loved the fact that I could enjoy the perky ambience and walk around and peruse the bar, chat with Arlen and Chef Anne. All about the place, nudged some of my memories of our visit to Peru.
The restaurant has some lovely mambo and rhumba murals, that are designed by Arlen’s brother. Isn’t she lucky to have such a talented family! But, now let’s get down to the real deal, let us talk about food. We started off with a lovely and refreshing Strawberry salsa, very fruity and very seasonal and some lovely almonds that instantly brought back memories of Spain.
They have a lovely pre-fix at lunch time for $12.95 and I picked their classic Cuban. Mom, ordered their dinner shrimp entrée served over a green salsa and coconut lime rice. Absolutely lovely presentation!
As for the Cuban, order it at your own risk, it is huge and absolutely detectable. I had enough leftover for an evening snack! The overall menu that the restaurant offers is compact, but there is a lot of nice variety packed in. For example, my mother does not eat meat, but we had no problem finding her enough options to choose from.
The three dessert were all sounding so good, I settled for the lacy oatmeal cookies that came with a colorful serving of ice cream and fruit and ensured that I was going to be back to the restaurant very soon. I have to mention how attentive everyone was, all through the meal, leaving you with the feeling of visiting someone home.
The check arrived in a quaint cigar box, that included glasses and a flash light. For me a good meal is often about the details and the experience at Mambo 64 does not disappoint. It is a wonderful addition to ever growing Westchester restaurant scene and I look forward to heading back soon.