Café Bambula, an exquisite name for an interesting restaurant. Café Bambula has a truly international menu, with everything from fried calamari to French snails.
It has a unique location and style compared to some of the other restaurants I’ve visited. It can only be described as an escape from the town, coming straight out of the hustle-and-bustle of St John’s into the quiet and relaxing bistro. The menu is anything but limited, and the wine selection is decent.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by the waitress. For starters, I ordered the pumpkin soup and snails. For the main course, I requested the fish of the day, which turned out to be a tuna (mmm, one of my favourites) and the fried calamari. The starters arrived quickly, and they weren’t half bad. The pumpkin soup wasn’t bad, and it had good flavour. Unfortunately, it was lacking salt and too watery and thin.
The snails, on the other hand, were just plain delicious. They were tender and hot in their special serving plate, and simply packed with flavour. I really enjoyed the snails.
One problem with the starter was that I had to enjoy it without my drinks. This is where the service becomes problematic, because the waitress forgot to bring my drink not once, but twice. Regardless, she was very kind, and it seemed like she learned from her mistake.
And now, it was time for the main course. First, the calamari. The plate was literally stuffed with calamari, and it was a really big dish. The calamari fried really well, and the batter had a very traditional taste. Along with the Aioli dipping sauce, this dish was a winner.
The tuna was also extremely good. It was done beautifully - cooked on the outside but still moist and tender on the inside. The black pepper on the outside topped it off, along with the salad on the side. The presentation was excellent; this dish really made the meal for me.
For dessert, I ordered the chocolate cake, upon the recommendation of the staff. And boy oh boy was I in for a treat. The dark chocolate cake was delicious, and it was a shame there was only one slice.
The final price tag on this meal was $300, with a generous tip. While not cheap, this price suited the food that was served, in this most beautiful restaurant, even if the service needed some work.
I give Bambula 3 out of 5 stars *****
Cafe Bambula: 562-6289
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