Authentic Cuban Tapas by Chef Leo at Mount Lavinia Hotel

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Chef Leo, the specialist in Cuban American cuisine at the Mount Lavinia Hotel has decided to add some Cuban flavor to your evenings from 11th to 17th Jan 2009. So the hotel known to many as a complete getaway from the hustle and bustle of the citylife is ready to make your evenings, charming by spoiling you with an intimate and relaxing venue. The Mount Lavinia Hotel’s Terrace that is endorsed by the Newsweek magazine, as “One of the World’s Best Gathering Places” will be the buzzword for tapas lovers. The General Manager of the hotel endorses, “the menu is extremely reasonable and the ambience is absolutely the best; and will make the Tapas right before your eyes and what more can you ask for with a view of the ocean and soothing music.”

Tapas are basically snacks, canapés or fingerfood in modern day terms. Typically loved by Spaniards and indeed as the Spanish term La Tapa which means meaningful, has to be eaten between main meals as food that allows the body to survive until lunch or dinnertime. Because of the length of time between the early-morning breakfast, and the midday meal, which in fact is really only eaten in the early evening, some Mediterranean countries have adopted the custom of taking a “tentempié” (snack), an appetizer or the “tapita”. This break gives people a chance to socialize and to discuss work-related topics. And indeed it has made waves in Sri Lanka too for all the executives of Colombo who have made their way to Mount Lavinia Hotel for some socializing with tapas.

As one guest states, “Mount Lavinia Hotel is the newest hangout place for all food connoisseurs and especially if you want authentic Cuban food.” The menu on the cards will have Cold tapas like Avocado and Onion Salad, Mariqutas con Mojo picante: Fried Plantain chips with spicy Mojo, Pulpo en Escabeche: Pickled Octopus served with Crispy Bread, Ceviche Mixto: Mixture of fish, prawns, and Crab served with cilantro lime juice and Tomato, Sandwiches like Media Noche : Mid night sandwich Soft egg bread with smoked duck, chicken sausauge, Swisss cheese , Mustard aioli and Pickles , Frita Cubana: Cuban Pork and Beef Burger topped with shoe string fries (try with Batido de Mango y naranja), Elena Ruiz: Slow Roasted Turkey, Cream Cheese, and Homemade strawberry jam. Hot Tapas like Guiso de maiz: Cuban Corn Chowder Cuban corn chowder with tomato broth, ham & pumpkin, Chicharones de Puerco: Crispy Pork Tossed In Citrus Mojo, Papa Rellena de Hongos: Stuffed Potato with Exotic Mushrooms, Frituras De Jaiba: Crispy Crab Fritters with Lime Tartar sauce, Tostones: Double Fried Plantains with Garlic Tomato dipping sauce , Frita Cubana: Cuban Pork and Beef Burger topped with shoe string fries (try with Batido de Mango y naranja), Ham Croquettes with spiced tomato marmalade, Empandas, Ropa Vieja, black beans and Cheese with Green chilli Chimi churri, Arroz Imperial: Yellow rice and Chicken topped with aioli and melted cheese, Batidos: Cuban Milk Shakes Very Creamy Mango and Orange, Papaya

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