Restaurants & Bars

Bamboche II - Haitian Restaurant - North Miami

Frodnesor | Apr 7, 200808:26 AM

Back during SWFWF weekend, I had mentioned this as a place I wanted to try (and avoid the "madding crowds"). I didn't do it that weekend, but did get there a little while ago for a quick lunch, and thought it was worth mentioning.

Bamboche II is one of several storefronts in the little shopping center at the corner of Biscayne Blvd. and 135th Street on the SW corner (which also houses "Ichi Sushi" and a Pachamamma - f/k/a Ceviche House?). It's a tidy little place with about a dozen or so tables and some Haitian art on the walls. You order at the counter from a menu up on the wall, which counter also has a big ice cream freezer and set up for ice cream, sundaes, smoothies, etc.

Menu lists griots (fried pork chunks), chicken fried, stewed, or BBQ, fried fish, goat stewed or fried, cow's foot, oxtail, stewed conch, calaloo, some soups (including bouillion tet cabrit - goat's head soup, weekends only I think), etc. I went with the oxtail ("Queue Boeuf") ($8) and took a seat at one of the tables.

Notwithstanding the ordering at the counter, all the food is brought out to the table, with real plates, real silverware, even a real cloth napkin. Lunch came with a simple salad which came out first of iceberg, tomato and likely bottled vinaigrette dressing, nothing very interesting but fresh cold crisp lettuce anyway. Then came the oxtails in a bowl with a deep red-brown sauce, along with a big mound of rice & beans and a few fried plantains. The oxtails were tender and meaty, and the sauce was rich, velvety from all the goodness released from the oxtails with just a little hint of spice (I could have gone for some more spice). A collection of large and small cuts of oxtail were included, the large ones with lots of meat on them, the smaller ones great for sucking on and getting some of the gooey connective stuff in between the bones.

Great lunch for $8 and if the oxtails were any indication, some of the other stuff must be worth trying.

Bamboche II
13408 Biscayne Blvd.
North Miami, FL

Bamboche II
13408 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL

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