Café Mobay

The flavor of the caribbean coe alive at the bloomfield's new Jamaican hot spot.




Café Mobay give off a subdued first impression, from its northern Bloomfield storefront (their signage is barely lit in the evening) to its simple launch page online. But that’s about all that is understated at this Jamaican establishment: Once you walk inside, you’ll discover that the restaurant does live up to its Montego Bay namesake.

The mood instantly changes indoors. Your eyes are blasted by iridescent tropical colors (think luminous oranges and blues), while a rotating medley of reggae fusion and Jamaican folk music boosts the ambience. And then there’s the delightful menu, a curated selection of Caribbean comforts that, when served, are plated like a Michelinstarred establishment. My dining companion and I started with salt fish fritters, four lightly battered and fried cod cakes flavored lightly with West Indian spices and a zesty honey ginger sauce. Our second appetizer, mango shrimp, was just as palatable. Each of the five jumbo shrimp was cooked just right and dressed with a sweet Jamaican barbecue glaze, fresh mango, onion and parsley.

After wrestling with different entrée options (mostly the braised oxtail), I ordered the curry goat stew—and the dish didn’t disappoint. While not as widely celebrated as beef and chicken in the U.S., goat is rising in popularity thanks to the influx of different cultures and restaurants in key neighborhoods (Montclair, for example). And Café Mobay’s version of this classic Jamaican dish is an absolute must-try for all tastes: The slow-cooked goat is tender to the bone and picks up flavor from the peppers and mild curry sauce. Though delicious when forked on its own, the chunks of lean meat are played up even more when combined with the accompanying white rice and steamed cabbage.

Having never tried Jamaican cuisine in the past, my friend ordered jerk chicken at my suggestion. This fragrant and fiery dish is a staple on any Jamaican menu, and it’s a memorable one at Café Mobay. A generous portion of smoky, sweet and savory (yes, all three!) chicken is served over two whole plantains and a side of coconut rice. “There are so many flavors, none of which overpowers the other,” my companion said. Café Mobay can alter the level of spiciness for every plate, so she didn’t need a glass of fresh pineapple juice for relief—but she ordered one (and savored it) anyway.

You won’t find an expansive dessert menu here, but every diner should save room for a pair of gems: the hot bread pudding and homemade peach cobbler. Each was served with soft vanilla ice cream that quickly melted into the bowls, adding a rich, creamy flavor to the sweet treats. I gravitated toward the bread pudding, which got better with every bite. And the same could be said about the cobbler which, after every spoonful, drew very audible sighs of satisfaction from my companion.

The restaurant’s overall cozy and friendly environment is matched only by the gourmet-style food that’s served. Though Italian, Greek, Chinese, Japanese and Indian cuisines might have a stronghold on one’s dining-out rotation, Café Mobay will make many consider adding it to the cycle. —Darius Amos

Café Mobay, 1039 Broad St., Bloomfield, 973.337.8460, cafemobaybloomfieldnj.com

Edit Module

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Find Events

September 2018

Nathan Englander is the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases, and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About...

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ  07042
View map »

More information

"Maisonneuve is a modern-day heroine who remains standing under unimaginable circumstances. She will take your breath away, return it so you can exhale momentarily, and then grab it back... To...

Cost: $30

Where:
Rock River Yoga & Wellness
1175 Main Street
Boonton, NJ  07005
View map »


Telephone: 303-929-6712
Contact Name: Tiffany Curren/Ken Mather
Website »

More information

Best known for her Emmy Award-winning role as Lilith Sternin Crane on the television series Cheers, this Jersey girl has also conquered Broadway, winning Tony Awards for her roles in Sweet Charity...

Cost: $65-$85

Where:
Enlow Recital Hall
215 North Avenue
Hillside , NJ  07205
View map »


Sponsor: Kean Stage
Telephone: 908-737-4081
Contact Name: Steve Cochran
Website »

More information

Nathan Englander is the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases, and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About...

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ  07042
View map »

More information

Join Seed Artists and our resident musical guru, Peter Bodge, in a monthly series of old-school listening sessions exploring the many facets of jazz. It’s simple: We’ll listen to some great...

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library Auditorium
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ  07042
View map »


Sponsor: Montclair Public Library
Telephone: 973-744-0500
Contact Name: Molly Hone
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Curious about eBooks, eAudiobooks, videos, or music? Or do you need help with your tablet or smartphone? eLibrary support drop-ins are back! Every Monday, beginning April 2, 2018 @ 11 am at the...

Cost: free

Where:
Bellevue Ave Branch -- Montclair Library
185 Bellevue Ave
Montclair, NJ  07042
View map »

More information

Join Seed Artists and our resident musical guru, Peter Bodge, in a monthly series of old-school listening sessions exploring the many facets of jazz. It’s simple: We’ll listen to some great...

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library Auditorium
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ  07042
View map »


Sponsor: Montclair Public Library
Telephone: 973-744-0500
Contact Name: Molly Hone
Website »

More information

Join us for a talk and Q&A with former longtime Montclair resident Karen Shiffman Lateiner, author of Timeless Dance: A Story of Change and Loss. Please register at the link provided....

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ  07042
View map »

More information

Maplewood Garden Club kicks off its 2018‑19 speakers program on Monday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Maplewood Memorial Library, 51 Baker Street, Maplewood. Lee Reich—avid gardener,...

Cost: free

Where:
Maplewood Memorial Library
51 Baker Street
Maplewood, NJ  07040-1713
View map »


Sponsor: Maplewood Garden Club
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Are you a person with Medicare who has diabetes or know someone who does? Sign up today for a free 6-week workshop. Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) workshops include six...

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ  07042
View map »

More information

Join us for a discussion of a great book! All adults invited.  To join, please email reference@montclair.bccls.org or call 973-744-0500 ext. 2235. September’s book: The Days of...

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ
View map »

More information

Join Seed Artists and our resident musical guru, Peter Bodge, in a monthly series of old-school listening sessions exploring the many facets of jazz. It’s simple: We’ll listen to some great...

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library Auditorium
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ  07042
View map »


Sponsor: Montclair Public Library
Telephone: 973-744-0500
Contact Name: Molly Hone
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

On Wednesdays at 2 pm, Montclair Public Library hosts The Every Wednesday Matinee, a classic film series presented in its auditorium. In September 2018, silent films will be shown. The...

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ  07042
View map »

More information

Ahoy, matey! Join us as patrons of all ages take turns reading from Robert Louis Stevensons’ swashbuckling, adventure classic Treasure Island! Every week we will read two...

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ  07042
View map »

More information

Learn more about the body’s largest gland, and the causes and effects of liver diseases such as Fatty Liver and Hepatitis on your overall health. Presented by Cecilia Minano, MD, MPH,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ
View map »

More information

Join Seed Artists and our resident musical guru, Peter Bodge, in a monthly series of old-school listening sessions exploring the many facets of jazz. It’s simple: We’ll listen to some great...

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library Auditorium
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ  07042
View map »


Sponsor: Montclair Public Library
Telephone: 973-744-0500
Contact Name: Molly Hone
Website »

More information

The 2018 mid-term election is seen as a critical event by all parties and this non-partisan presentation will provide attendees of any age with very specific and actionable strategies and resources...

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Join Seed Artists and our resident musical guru, Peter Bodge, in a monthly series of old-school listening sessions exploring the many facets of jazz. It’s simple: We’ll listen to some great...

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library Auditorium
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ  07042
View map »


Sponsor: Montclair Public Library
Telephone: 973-744-0500
Contact Name: Molly Hone
Website »

More information

Camille Pissarro has been called the father figure and peacemaker of the Impressionists because he was the oldest in the group, had the least quarrelsome temperament and he took new artists under...

Cost: $20

Where:
Columbia High School
17 Parker Ave.
Maplewood, NJ  07040
View map »


Sponsor: The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School
Telephone: 973-378-7620
Contact Name: Liz Herring
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Join Seed Artists and our resident musical guru, Peter Bodge, in a monthly series of old-school listening sessions exploring the many facets of jazz. It’s simple: We’ll listen to some...

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ  07042
View map »

More information

Join Seed Artists and our resident musical guru, Peter Bodge, in a monthly series of old-school listening sessions exploring the many facets of jazz. It’s simple: We’ll listen to some great...

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library Auditorium
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ  07042
View map »


Sponsor: Montclair Public Library
Telephone: 973-744-0500
Contact Name: Molly Hone
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Celebrate the Great American Read! Join us for a participatory singalong and cosplay viewing of The Wizard of Oz, the classic 1939 adaptation of Frank L. Baum’s novel of the same name....

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ  07042
View map »

More information

Join Seed Artists and our resident musical guru, Peter Bodge, in a monthly series of old-school listening sessions exploring the many facets of jazz. It’s simple: We’ll listen to some great...

Cost: 0

Where:
Montclair Public Library Auditorium
50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ  07042
View map »


Sponsor: Montclair Public Library
Telephone: 973-744-0500
Contact Name: Molly Hone
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
Edit Module