Photos and Story by Lilith Dorsey
Kombit Bar and Restaurant has a reputation for great Haitian food. And, it’s definitely worth the trip.
The eatery is on the edge of the Prospect Heights neighborhood, on a street that long-time residents know as a haven for Haitian residents and businesses. According to the owners, who are three sisters with phenomenal taste and great vision, the word Kombit comes from “the traditional farming ritual where workers unite in a collaborative, collective effort for the good of the community.”
Here you will find traditional Haitian food. I began with a starter of Akra, a root vegetable fritter served with a spicy sauce. It was a delicious combination that will definitely be remembered.
The most popular entrees on the menu are griot, and blackened salmon with Cajun spice rub. The pork griot I sampled was fried to perfection, and served with onions and green peppers. There was also a side of crispy fried plantains, and delicately seasoned rice and beans.
For desert, there is a choice of sweet creme brulee or Haitian pain patate. The tasty patate is prepared with cloves, cinnamon and allspice. The texture is interesting — like something between a bread pudding and sweet potato pone. The generous serving contains raisins and is served piping hot.
The service was prompt and friendly. The restaurant has a full bar, and a variety of specialty cocktails on the drink menu, as well as Barbancourt Rum.
Even when Kombit Bar doesn’t feature live music, the restaurant is filled with pleasing Haitian music. More over, the atmosphere is quaint, traditional and decorated with vivid paintings.
Visit Kombit Bar and Restaurant at 279 Flatbush Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217, or online, www.kombitrestaurant.com.