Mambo Tea House - Rutherford, NJ


(Eli Paryzer) #1

We went to Mambo Tea House for the first time Sunday night. It’s a Cuban restaurant and tea parlor, that also serves Puerto Rican food. Not quite like the Chinese restaurant bowling alley combination :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
We started off with 3 appetizers of shrimp ceviche with onions, avocado mash, jalapeno peppers, cilantro and way too much lime juice. It came with light and crispy plantain chips. This would have been delicious if it wasn’t for the heavy handed lime. We also shared a special of crunchy coconut shrimp with cranberry apple glaze, and an excellent order of Cuban sandwich bites.





For entrees Mrs. P had crispy fried whole red snapper, with excellent Caribbean shrimp fried rice (that had big chunks of shrimp in it), and tostones. I tried Mofongo for the first time, which is green mashed plantains, mixed with crispy pork bits, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil, and caramelized onions. I added fried boneless pork chunks.



It all went great with Le Plan Cotes Du Rhone.


(Greg Caggiano) #2

Looks delicious!


(Eli Paryzer) #3

Thanks Greg. Overall it was pretty good. Just a few minor issues. The ceviche had too much lime, and the whole fish had a lot of bones, but was very tasty. You can’t blame them about the bones in the fish :smile: