Hole in the Wall: La Bella Managua Nicaraguan Cuisine

La Belle Managua Chef
photo credit: La Bella Managua Instagram

While waiting for an improv show at Bad Dog Theatre Company, my husband and I searched for a dinner place nearby. We stumbled into a Nicaraguan restaurant called La Bella Managua. Neither of us had Nicaraguan food before. It’s safe to say that we will be eating there again.

The Story of La Bella Managua

La Bella Managua opened in 2005, with Nicaraguan food being unknown in Toronto. Nicaraguan cuisine combines aspects of Latin American cooking styles, but with a twist.

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The Menu

The menu features various options. Some appetizers include the restaurant’s famous ceviche, calamari and the soup of the day. In addition, entrées include dishes like pollo a la parrilla, carne asada and bisteck encebollado. However, if you’re a vegetarian, don’t fret – there are plenty of options. You can also choose from tajadas con queso, yucca mixta and bandeja tipica.

One Hot Dish

Pollo Jalapeño

Out of all the dishes, the Pollo Jalapeño blew me away. It came with chicken breast in a ranchero sauce, white rice, tostones (fried plantains), and a garden salad.

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Terris Schneider
Terris Schneider is a writer from Vancouver, now based in Toronto. They are the Creative Team Lead for DINE Magazine and cover everything from food, fashion, music, travel, and lifestyle. Their published works have appeared in Discorder, Metro News, Stop Street Harassment, Pique Newsmagazine, The Post Feminist Post, Flannel Magazine, and Sophomore Magazine. Check out their column: Witch, Don't Kill My Vibe.