Bonfire Mofongo House & lounge
999 Market St
Paterson, NJ 07513
Monday 1:00 pm – 12:00 am Tuesday 1:00 pm – 12:00 am Wednesday 1:00 pm – 12:00 am Thursday 1:00 pm – 12:00 am Friday 1:00 pm – 2:45 am Saturday 1:00 pm – 2:45 am Sunday 1:00 pm – 2:45 am
Caribbean cuisine is a fusion of African, Amerindian, European, East Indian, Arab and Chinese cuisine. These traditions were brought from many different countries when they came to the Caribbean. In addition, the population has created styles that are unique to the region.
Ingredients which are common in most islands dishes are rice, plantains, beans, cassava, cilantro (coriander), bell peppers, chickpeas, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, coconut, and any of various meats that are locally available like beef, poultry, pork or fish. A characteristic seasoning for the region is a green herb and oil based marinade which imparts a flavor profile which is quintessentially Caribbean in character. Ingredients may include garlic, onions, scotch bonnet peppers, celery, green onions, and herbs like cilantro, marjoram, rosemary, tarragon and thyme. This green seasoning is used for a variety of dishes like curries, stews and roasted meats.
Here in Bonfire Mofongo House our food is predominantly made up of a combination of Spanish, indigenous Taíno, and African influences. Also many Mexican-American dishes have been adopted into Our cuisine. This cuisine resembles that of other countries in Latin America, those of the nearby islands of Puerto Rico and Cuba, most of all, though the dish names differ sometimes.
Our specialty “The Mofongo” is a dish that has clear roots in the West African Fufu. Fufu is made from various starchy vegetables and was introduced to the Caribbean by Africans in the Spanish New World colonies such as the Dominican Republic (mangú), Cuba (fufu de plátano) and Puerto Rico (mofongo).