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Plaza Flamingo, Salsa in The City pt1

Written by kendra on Thursday, January 20th, 2011

For years I have passed Plaza Flamingo, intrigued by the colorful murals and down-home look but never dropping in. Last week I finally popped in to this Toronto Latino haunt. Just our luck, most of the tables were reserved for a special event and a buffet was laid out with sumptuous looking Latin dishes. Unfortunately we had to order A la carte, oh well on with the review.

Initially I was disappointed with the decor – the place could benefit from a face lift, however it did grow on me as a sort of folksy down home Latin restaurant where families can hangout comfortably lunch or supper. The kitchen is viewed from the dining area and is designed like a traditional Spanish hacienda giving the place a casual yet family oriented place.  Don’t bother if you are in a hurry, the server took at least 20 minutes to take our drink order. I ordered a strawberry daiquiri which was to my surprise one of the best daiquiri’s I had ever had so, heavy on the alcohol, I suppose it was worth the wait. In terms of food, the bread was served with a salsa type sauce that was very spicy and tasty. The seafood dish was OK salty with minimal flavor. However, my companion’s chicken dish was savory and tasty, made me regret my order.

During dinner there was a dance performance by a local dance troupe called Fearless. They had a South American theme – featuring traditional dances from the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina. Each traditional dance was preceded by a short documentary of each country with an emphasis on their tourism and cultural attractions. The dancers were amazing! Great performances were combined with colorful and sexy costumes.

The Executive Chef came to our table and shared a drink with us called “firemen” which involved burning the drink in glasses and consuming warm. Very decadent and delicious.

All in all this first half of the evening was not bad the show made it worth it. If you are in the mood to just kick back in a casual, folksy Latino eatery check out Plaza Flamingo but check online first to see if there is a show.

Check back next week for Part II where we talk about the best part of the evening Latin dancing & Nightclub.

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