Luis Mario’s Bloom Restaurant, Cuban food in Bloor West

Here’s good news from Luis Mario Ochoa:

A quick note to wish you a Happy New Year and to share with you the big news I have been quietly working on for the last while.

For the last year and a half, my wife Franca and I, have been running our own  Bloom Restaurant and we have turned it into a Cuban Oasis in the middle of the Bloor West Village. We are located at 2315 Bloor St West, a few meters from Windemere on the South side of the street.

Well, it has been a big hit, but of course, we got the great Cuban Chef Pedro Quintanilla running our kitchen.

Before coming to Toronto in 1992, chef Pedro spent 7 years as sous chef of the French Embassy in Havana, Cuba, then he moved to Toronto, where he has ran the kitchens of Rum Bacardi, Xango and Latitude restaurants among other places. Last May, we brought him into Bloom and here are some of the Reviews we’ve received ever since he moved in with us.

Now, I am ready to add another touch to this endeavor by bringing my Cuba Tradicional Quartet on Sunday Feb 12th (see special menu) as a “pre-Valentine” celebration…but hey, you don’t have to be “in love” to come that day, so bring yourself alone or come with a friend or two and enjoy the great food and ambiance in my new house Bloom Restaurant. I will be performing two shows starting at 7pm & 9pm and we will try to make you feel as if you were right in my Caribbean Island of Cuba.

Hope to see you, but if not, please spread the news! There will be Cuban parties happening in the Bloor West Village from now on! :-)

Warm Hugs,

Luis Mario Ochoa

Havana Lounge – Cayo Coco, Fri Feb 3

Havana Lounge at Cayo Coco 2012 Edition!

Join us Friday Feb 3rd from 9:00PM to 2:00AM at the beautiful CAYO COCO resto-lounge for a night of great music and dancing (304 Richmond St West across from Scotiabank Theatres).

Inspired by the classic dance bars, cafés and lounges in Centro Havana, we invite you come sip mojitos, socialize and dance the night away to smooth Cuban salsa, timba, and son spun by Toronto’s premier latin DJ BERNAL.

Cover is free before 10PM and $10 after 10PM (no coat check fee) and domestic beer and Havana Club drink specials will be in effect all night!! Kitchen open until midnight with great tapas and remember, those who arrive <9 PM will enjoy no cover and an extended version of Cayo Coco’s famous $4.50 Happy Hour Martini’s (4:30pm-9PM)!

A guarachar!