Thursday, February 7, 2008

Rumba, River North

Shaken or Stirred, it's an all around party for your senses

If you’re always on the lookout for ways to spice up your weekend like I am, then dust off your dancing shoes, dress to impress, and tango your way on over to Rumba. Tucked away on a quiet corner of West Hubbard (near the East Bank Club) the outside seems unassuming, but the second you walk through the doors, you’ll be swept away to another time in a far-off and exotic place.

The interior oozes decadence with dark custom-made banquettes, red drapery and a live jazz band setting the tone for a delectable dinner. Kick off your night with any one of their flavorful appetizers - my vote goes to the crispy conga rolls (the secret’s in the sauce). For dinner, we found the Filet Mignon de Soto, divine and the Camarones al Diablo en tequila (shrimp sautéed with tequila, green onion, tomato, garlic and a touch of habanero), devilishly delish. Wash it all down with one of their famous tropical drinks, like a mojito or caipirinha.

Around 9:30, they clear the tables, turn the lights down and the music up, transforming the once subdued dinner spot into a hip-shaking, heel-kicking, date-spinning dance party. Not a superstar salsero? Not to worry – there’s a quick lesson at the beginning so that even amateurs can learn the basic steps. We were lucky to have one of the tables along the perimeter of the dance floor and got to keep it for the entire evening – a welcome rest from all the spinning! And just when you thought it couldn’t get hotter, dinner patrons are exempt from the $10 weekend cover charge so you can dance off your dinner without denting your wallet.

This weekend go heat things up at RUMBA… Professional salsa skills not required.

351 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 222-1226

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