Salsa dancing combines flirtatiousness and exercise in a more socially acceptable way than sit-up winks or come-hither kickboxing punches. Allure effectively with today's Groupon: for $9, you get admission to Friday Salsa Night and a choice of one appetizer at Lula Lounge (up to a $22 value).
Every Friday night, Lula Lounge dishes up room-shaking rhythms accented by a tropical fusion conjured from the minds of Jamaican and Cuban chefs. Salsa dance parties ($10 admission) pump out palpitations produced from bongo beaters such as the vintage salsa band Caché. Soak up salsa juices with a beginner lesson at 9 p.m. featuring Toronto's popular "1–2" gurus, followed by a full evening of body undulation more invigorating than mapping out a sine wave. Toe-pointers refuel with provisions from the appetizer menu such as the ensalada verde, which encompasses mixed baby greens, olives, feta cheese, tomato-pepper relish and grainy mustard dressing ($10). Practice finger-sized partner dipping by plunging honey breadcrumb-coated calamari in a chipotle sauce ($10) Special entrees add a nautical touch to the evening with mussels in white wine sauce or Creole shrimp ($12). Regular Friday nights receive a multi-cultural boost worthy of global chat roulette marathons.
- The funky venue has 20 staff and boasts tangerine- and lemon-coloured walls and eye-catching saris as tablecloths, but next to the stellar lineup of talent, its greatest asset is chef Derek Crinson and his unique menu of tropical fusion. – Ashante Infantry, Toronto Star
- The owners of Lula Lounge see themselves not so much as operating a club as running a catalyst for music to expand and evolve. – John Goddard, Toronto Star