Next time you feel like you need a vacation, plan a stay-cation trip to Rumba for some "inspired island cuisine" that's sure to make you feel the ocean breeze in your hair.
Somewhat hidden on Canoe Place Road in Hampton Bays, this gem may be easily missed. Although Rumba doesn't look like much on the outside, it's liveliness and easy going vibe is felt as soon as you enter the front door.
I've never come to Rumba sat right away- it's just that popular. But, coming from a girl who knows hanger, the food is worth the wait. The drinks, the view, and the people make the wait more tolerable as you ogle trays of food being delivered to tables. I settled in with a view of the bay and a Sweet Heat margarita in hand and prayed my phone would ring sooner, letting me know my table was ready.
After what felt like forever, but was really only half an hour, and a few margaritas, my party and I sat at our charming picnic table and hungrily feasted over the menu. Our waitress came over quickly to bring us another round of drinks as well as recommend her favorite menu items. Her suggestions definitely helped. We decided on ordering appetizers to share before our entrees, most of our waitress's favorites.
"OOH what's that?" we all said as a beautiful plate of local mussels was walked past our table. Covered in a green curry and coconut lemon grass reduction, I can easily say these are some of my favorite mussels in the Hamptons. This dish comes with Ciabatta bread which, in my opinion, may be one of the best vessels for sopping up leftover mussels sauce. In addition to the mussels, we enjoyed Grilled Artichokes, Dominican Ribs so tender they fell off the bone, and the Double Dip which consists of chips, guacamole, and an addicting pimento cheese and jalapeño dip. Maybe we should have stopped there...just kidding.
We took a moment to digest and talk about how amazing our food had tasted so far. Our eyes widened as we watched our tacos land in front of us. Rumba offers seven different tacos, and since I'm a taco aficionado, I've had all seven; maybe more than once. My personal favorites are the Buffalo Soldier taco, the Shrimp taco, and the Rastaman's taco. If you like buffalo chicken, the Buffalo Soldier taco is for you. It comes with fried chicken smothered in buffalo sauce and topped with Bleu cheese. For the seafood lover, the Shrimp taco is killer. Lightly breaded and fried, Rumba's shrimp is full of flavor. It stays juicy and tender after frying and is complimented by slaw and mango in the soft taco shell. Last, but definitely not least, is the Rastaman's taco. If you're a fan of avocado fries, it's time to try them nestled in a tortilla. The creamy texture of the avocado is enhanced by the crunch of Rumba's Island Slaw and roasted corn. And don't forget, since you'll undoubtedly love your meal, buy the chefs a round for just $5.
As our plates were cleared, we let out a sigh of contentment (any maybe a few belt loops). Regrettably, we didn't order dessert. Although I glanced at the dessert menu, and would have liked some Key Lime Pie, I looked at my doggie bag and realized I better save it for my next visit. Since our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, we each left with some leftovers to extend our Rumba experience into the next day.
Whether you're going out with your family, for date night, or for dinner with your friends, Rumba is the place to be. Experience a meal unlike any other and leave feeling like you just had a vacation. What could be better than that?