The Mango Cafe
could be a headliner anywhere in the United States.
It brings a whole new cuisine to Isla - lets call it
Mexican - Jamaican - Caribbean fusion, with a few other
countries added to the mix when the mood strikes.
Right now they are
serving breakfast and lunch. I had to order the
oven baked french toast. "Concha pastries soaked in
Eggnog liqueur, sprinkled with Caramelized Almonds and
served with Orange Rosemary Syrup." Think a super
rich bread pudding.
A couple of days
later I returned for lunch and a BLGT - bacon, lettuce,
tomato and green apple and avocado guacamole on whole
grain bread. In the center, homemade mayonnaise
infused with honey and rice wine. Great apples - a
perfect addition to any BLT.
Back again for an
omelet with jalapeno panela cheese, spinach and bacon
and a side order of Mango Cafe's highly recommended
It doesn't stop
there. Lori who runs the cafe with her husband is
shown holding her take on a strawberry shortcake ("If
you need more whipped cream..." Who doesn't?)
served on a muffin like sweet bread.
The tamarind juice is made daily and Lori brews her own
Jamaican Ginger Ale. Nice kick to the ginger ale.
barbecue night. So far she has done a Jamaican,
Texan and, this Monday, Indian Tandoori barbecue.
They open for
dinner in February.
Update 2012: Lori
has moved on to open Lola Valentina on Avenue Hidalgo in
El Centro. Mango's menu has changed but still very good.
The cafe is now serving dinner.