Well….Where do I start?
When I got invited to have a meal at the newly opened Rumba Lattina at the cave complex, I brought just a macro lens expecting your average food review….
But when I got there I was so shocked! Instantly I regretted not bringing the rest of my kit to take photos of the place….
My first experience was so amazing that I had to come back and take more photos and eat there again! which got me thinking, how do I cram my two experiences??
Ill start off with the place itself, when you head to the cave restaurant you see your reception and your typical just put chairs and a table kinda restaurant …but then you go down and you see an almost hidden place with a fancy looking door….open that door and you wont think you are in Oman anymore!! think i’m kidding?? look at the photos and see for yourself!
Your first view is the main bar (which doesn’t have its license yet…after ramadan i’m told) and the pool tables. Honestly, I don’t usually associate a pool table with a trendy up-class place, but here it really works in with the feel of the place. I was in Argentina last year and the music / decor / pool table really fits in…..its not just the decoration, its the vibe!
The long bar is very impressive, the details and colors are outstanding, the decorations are all authentic and brought from Latin America which is why I felt so nostalgic!
The Mayan lounge is lattina’s version of a VIP lounge, and its very impressive and offers a nice secluded privacy accompanied with a nice blend of Latin music.
gentlemen….if you mess up, this is the perfect place to make up for it!
finally…..The dining area, its the authentic Latin way….its as simple as that, if you have been to Latin America you would see a version of this and feel like you are there! (that pic is nicked from their fb page)
Getting impressed? There’s more!
The main bar is the station of a very impressive man….johnny!
Johnny is a dedicated bartender who even has a tattoo “the bartender” on his arm! and he does not mess around when it comes to making a VERY impressive mocktail…well actually he loves having fun doing it as he juggles the bottles and his hat, throw in an apple or two….
Johnny and his creations are one of the reasons why you will be seeing me here VERY often.
Now for the food! its just as impressive as everything else!
We had two very unique horderves, a cheese stuffed date which as strange as it sounds I absolutely loved! if it was a regular dish on the menu I would have it every time!
The second was tapioca chips and sauce (a root like thing)….again, this is something that I picture myself having with a drink and watching a game or chatting with friends over
As I mentioned before, I was in Argentina last year, the food there is addictive! I don’t mind the ‘Latin’ places here but they are mostly Americanized versions of real Latin food…..so when I saw Empenada’s on the menu I was very happy! its what I use to have everyday in Argentina!
They looked, tasted and felt like i was really back in La Boca with my Antarctic team chowing them down while we share photos and laugh about the crazy things we did….nostalgia overload!
they were so good that the next time I went I ordered them again!
The Temale’s were very nice as well! the presentation was very impressive and if you have never had one before, this is a good place to start.
The first meal we had was the chocolate chicken…..I didn’t taste the chocolate but my partner did. while I liked it, she didn’t….its one of those dishes that you either love or hate…..I loved it 🙂
The next was the double cooked beef….while it didn’t look the part, it tasted absolutely amazing! iv also had this dish while I was in Argentina (even though it isn’t actually Argentinian) and actually…..this one tasted richer than the one I had there!
The third dish was a Latin style schnitzel…..and that had a very unique flavor! i really liked the tangy bit mixed with the crispiness! chicken lovers would galoooore for this!
My friend had the burger, and when it came out we both looked in wonder as that thing was as big as his face! it smelled absolutely amazing and he looked like he enjoyed it…actually he looked like he was on some kind of burger drug….at that point I was too full to try the burger so I guess its my next order 😉
Now that’s it for the mains, but I was told about how the Argentinian grill is THE thing to come for….that it is by far the BEST steak in town (and this is coming from an impossible person to please when it comes to steak)….for now i’m building up the steak craving till I head to Lattina again!
For desert, the carrot cake was very nice but the flan was what got to me! to be honest I was hoping to see Churoz on the menu but hey….you really cant complain with your options!
Seeming that the best time I had was in Argentina, this place feels like its where im supposed to hang out! everything is authentic….the chef is from the region and so are his staff, the ingredients too! and the vibe….that’s the best thing that the staff brought with them.