Latin cuisine may be found in a few restaurants on the island, but it’s nothing compared to the amount of, say, Japanese or Italian restaurants we have.
With just a handful of Mexican and Brazilian themed venues, it’s high time we were introduced to more Latin flavours, which is exactly what Hussain Bader, founder of Paddle Sport Marine, has decided to do by bringing Cuban spot Bongos Subs and Spuds to Segaya.
It’s a casual place, serving contemporary Cuban street food and, with the likes of yucca fritas (yucca chips), tostones (fried plantain) and empanadas (stuffed pastries) on the menu, just weeks after opening it’s already causing quite a stir among foodies.
No dish is more popular than the signature El Cubano, however, which is inspired by the traditional Cuban sandwich, also known as medianoche (so named because of its popularity in Havana’s nightclubs at midnight), that was originally thought to have been served to workers.
Bongos’ version packs ribeye beef, a slice of turkey, tart dill pickles, spicy mustard and a special mojo sauce between a soft yet crusty roll. Order the sandwich alone or get a combo with some of those yucca fritas or tostones and fresh coconut water (which is actually served in a coconut).
From this to the spicy Pollo Picante sub and the omelette-topped “Cuban Missile Crisis”, Bongos has so far done a good job of boosting Bahrain’s burgeoning Latin food scene. And it’s about time.
BD3.7. Segaya Plaza, next to Shawarma Express (17 420 008).