Eating Evaluate: Bongos Cuban Cafe

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When eating at Walt Disney World, choices for distinctive experiences are ample. From consuming inside Cinderella citadel, to consuming within the coronary heart of Italy, I’d take into account it not possible to get bored with the eating at WDW. Nevertheless, many individuals don’t usually take into account the entire great dinner choices at Disney Springs. Certainly one of my favorites is Bongos Cuban Cafe, a boisterous and immersive restaurant with distinctive and scrumptious meals. My mother and I’ve been there twice now, and within the following assessment I’ll assess our most up-to-date eating expertise in a wide range of classes.


The view from our balcony desk.


As I stepped contained in the dimly-but-appropriately lit eating area, I used to be instantly transported out of Disney Springs and right into a tropical surroundings. Hispanic music rang concerning the room as ladies in salsa attire and males in tuxes danced concerning the room. The hostess led my mother and I to our desk, which was on the second ground looking over the balcony to the spectacle beneath. The dancers migrated up the steps and danced their manner across the second ground as nicely. For an enormous extrovert corresponding to myself, this loud and typically interactive expertise (the dancers stopped at tables to say hi there to visitors) was a dream come true. This being stated, this expertise might not be for many who are extra introverted and like a quieter, extra intimate eating expertise.


The dancers stopped at my desk to speak and take photos!


On the threat of giving an excessive amount of reward, our service was wonderful. Our server, Jan, completely match the ambiance; he was energetic and clearly pleased to be there. He was attentive, checking in on us often however to not the purpose of annoyance, and helped us with all of the menu questions we had. We requested a wide range of questions regarding the appetizers and dinner choices, all of which Jan was capable of reply with ease; he was even capable of assist us determine what we ate the final time we had been there! All in all, our service was phenomenal. Regardless that the restaurant was insanely busy, our server nonetheless devoted an acceptable period of time to my mom and I to make sure a nice eating expertise.


We began off with the Baked Cuban Empanadas as an appetizer. There are 4 sorts to select from, and you may resolve the ratio of which you prefer to for a complete of 4 empanadas; we opted to get certainly one of every.

The primary was beef. It was very flavorful floor beef, with virtually a candy taste embedded in it. It tasted superb with the dipping sauce that accompanied the appetizer, which may solely be described as a candy barbecue sauce with a chunk of spice. The second empanada was full of rooster. When requested what sauce the rooster had been immersed in for this empanada, Jan informed us it was Corilla sauce, which he defined was a “tomato broth-based sauce.” To date, each empanadas had been distinctive. The third we tried was full of pork. There was nothing particular about this empanada; nonetheless, it did style exceptionally good with the dipping sauce. Lastly, we tried the spinach empanada. Inside this one was sauteed spinach and caramelized onions. Whereas this one didn’t style superb with the dipping sauce, it was arguably each my mother’s favourite and mine. The spinach was completely tender and barely candy, and paired completely with the flaky crust of the outside of the empanada.


Our scrumptious empanada appetizer.

For our entrees, I made a decision on grilled rooster topped with sauteed onions, with white rice and black beans on the aspect; my mother ordered a steak topped with chopped onions and parsley, additionally with white rice and black beans. My rooster was, disappointingly, form of dry although nonetheless good. My mother’s steak, nonetheless, was deliciously juicy, although skinny. All in all, the meat was good, however may use a bit of labor. The white rice and black beans had been primary however very tasty, and presumably my favourite a part of the entree. Whereas our dinner was good, each my mother and I favored our empanada appetizer.


Two entrees: steak and rooster, each served with conventional beans and rice.

Total Expertise

Total, the expertise was beautiful, and there’s no doubt in my thoughts that my mother and I’ll go once more. The ambiance was completely suited to our shared outgoing and boisterous personalities, the service was wonderful, and the meals was scrumptious. I like to recommend this eating expertise to any grownup searching for a enjoyable night time out full with a beautiful and barely adventurous meal. I’d not, nonetheless, advocate Bongos to households with young children, as it’s higher suited to adults. The menu is full of typical hispanic dishes, and there aren’t any typical youngsters choices (burgers, fries, or rooster nuggets)*. So until your six-year-old has an unusually numerous palette, I’d take them to a personality eating meal as a substitute.

Till this restaurant, our typical Disney eating expertise revolved round character meals and intricately themed park eating; suppose ‘Ohana‘ and the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. Whereas these experiences are superb, extra grownup experiences are enjoyable in their very own proper. As I develop up, I look ahead to including extra of those eating experiences to my Disney holidays, alongside the extra stereotypical Disney eating.

*Editor’s Be aware: The present lunch and dinner menus for Bongos Cuban Cafe do present further youngsters’ menu choices accessible for ages 9 and beneath, with normal appetizers and entrees corresponding to these talked about.

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