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Mojitos Restaurant & Rum Bar Review
Where Los Angeles has a Mexican restaurant on virtually every
what I can't find is a variety of Cuban eateries.
There are dozens of tiny Cuban places serving a culinary mix that
sounds wholly outlandish and tastes remarkably good. In the same way
that there are few Mexican places, there are only a handful of Cuban
restaurants in Los Angeles. I just discovered Mojito Restaurant in
Pasadena, and I loved it! If you like Mexican food, you will love
Cuban food, and Mojito is truly one of the best Cuban places I've been
This is an excellent and authentic Cuban restaurant and remarkably
affordable. Until Castro goes away, this is as close to Havana as most
of us will ever get. In Southern California, the dominant Cuban
restaurant is Versailles. It's impossible to write about Cuban cooking
in Los Angeles without mentioning the obsessive cult following that
flocks to the four branches of Versailles (including one in Manhattan
Beach) for the garlic chicken. I've eaten there dozens of times. And
like most everyone else, it's the garlic chicken I order. And it was
the garlic chicken I ordered as well at the latest challenger to arise
for the title o top Cuban eatery in Southern California.
The Menu is impressive, not only in range and variety, but in the
quality of several dishes, portions are generous, and again prices
extremely reasonable. With the
perfect lighting, hip music and a cool
contemporary decor, you are sure
to find everything you are looking
for at Mojitos Restaurant.
Perhaps more than any other Latin American cuisine, Cuban cooking
its Spanish heritage. Take the seafood, for instance. Here,
as it is
traditionally. The Paella Valenciana is amazing!
We started by seating at their fabulous bar, where they serve fresh
Sugar Cane juice and also in their drinks, which I love it! They make
the best mojitos you will ever try! Try their special Mojito, known
as the best Mojito in Los Angeles, is made with Bacardi Light Rum,
fresh lime, fresh mint and cane juice squeezed fresh at the bar!
Their extensive bar also includes the Cuba Libre and Sangria, along
with flavored Mojitos made with fresh fruit, and many special martinis
and rum drinks. Mojitos'
Rum List includes 44 rums from 13 countries!
A perfect way to sample these
is with one of several Rum Flights.
Their extensive wine list includes the
finest wines from California
and around the world.
Blue Crab Salad
As usually, we started with a selection of appetizers, which were to
The Corn Chowder was perfect, sweet and light, and what a
I had the Blue Crab Salad, which was good to be shared. Made with lump
crab, tomatoes and avocado on a bed of organic baby geens with a
pesto dressing, it was deliciously done and fresh.
Corn Crusted Calamari
The appetizers were all fantastic! I can't tell
you which one I
prefer, because we tried them all, and
enjoyed them all. Theblue Corn
Crusted Calamari was one of the best
we've tried. With tomato aioli
and cilantro aioli. The calamaris were crispy and light!
Corn Crusted Dungeness Crab Cake
The Corn Crusted Dungeness Crab Cake was also a great appetizer, with
apple, jicama slaw, black forest ham and chorizo remoulade, delicioso!
Duck Ropa Vieja, another winner, and a very typical food in
The shredded duck, manchego corn cake an dmarinate Cuban
styles tomatoes were perfectly done and tasty.
Camarones with Achiote Grill
The Camarones with achiote grill, over white bean
hummus with chili
enchilada sauce was superb.
I must say that by now, we were getting full… but the dinner was so
we had to keep going and we were looking forward to our
Chilean Sea Bass on Corn Guizo
The Chilean Sea Bass on Corn Guizo, was truly authentic. Crispy corn
poblano goat cheese mashed potatoes and tomato corn stew. If
Sea Bass like I do, you will feel that this dish is worth it
Platanos Maduros Fritos
I wanted to try it with one of their sides, the Fried Yuca, which was
perfectly done and again, the best I ever had. I am a Yoca conosseur
since I came from Brazil,
and Yuca over there is very popular as well.
Also the Platanos Maduros
fritos, were deliciously done and very
Porterhouse Pork Steak
Other typical items include the special of the night: a Porterhouse
Pork and the Churrasco Nicaraguense, with Garlic marinated steak and
black corn sauce and roasted garlic potatoe puree.
If you are looking for
meat and poultry, there's a wide assortment of
familiar beef items
as well as typical Cuban pork dishes. Steaks are
low priced and taste rather unusual.
Churrasco Nicaraguense with garlic marinated steak and wild mushrooms
For dessert, there is the Chocolate Soufle Bread Pudding, which you
about 30 minutes for preparation. I guess I do not need to
say that it was
another splendid creation, that was the perfect topper
to our fine meal.
Chocolate Soufle Bread Pudding
If anyone should ever need a good reason to venture off the beaten
search of a great, 'undiscovered' restaurant in the Pasadena
can certainly assure them that Mojitos Restaurant is it!
For map and location click Here!
For more information please visit their website at http://www.mojitosrestaurant.com
Article By: Mary Adams
Photos By: Chris Marx
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