The best part of traveling to exotic places is experiencing the food, but Jews who go to resorts in the Bahamas have long dealt with a significant obstacle; there is no kosher food in the Bahamas. Thankfully, that is no longer true. Grant Davies, President of Baha Mar Hyatt resort, took the hint after the thousandth person requested kosher dining options. In December of 2021, Cinko Asian Latino Grill opened at the resort, allowing Jewish travelers to taste the local cuisine at long last.
Cinko’s cuisine is based on a local fusion of five cultures: Peruvian, Argentinian, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. In the 1960s/70s, people from Asia immigrated en masse to Peru, Argentina, and Brazil, bringing their culinary techniques with them. The cuisines merged into what became a typical fusion style for these areas. It’s local fare, the likes of which kosher-keeping Jews have never tasted until now.
When you enter the restaurant through the iconic West Tower spiral staircase, you’ll see a simple and colorful setup that includes everything you love about the Bahamas. There are two show kitchens, plus a bar area, where you can order imported wines, specialty cocktails, and spirits with that nutty Asian flavor. There is also outdoor dining available on the patio, which seats thirty-five, with a view of the tropical palm trees in the surrounding area. It is the perfect setup for a wedding or whatever event suits your fancy. Chilling in the hotel is also an option because how often can you dine on kosher food in a full-service hotel like the Hyatt? After a day of sightseeing and water-rafting, it’s nice to relax with some local food that happens to be kosher from the comfort of this luxury hotel.
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The Japanese influence in the cuisine comes across through the cut of the fish, which is sushi and sashimi-style, but the spicing is all South American, with Peruvian peppers to add that kick. Ceviche is a popular menu item, namely the ceviche classico, which is the fish of the day, leche de tigre, red onion, cilantro, choclo, sweet potato, and cancha. Another popular ceviche dish for the more adventurous is the tiradito nipon, which has Hamachi, rocoto-miso, leche de tigre, cancha, choclo, red onions, and togarashi. For main dishes, you can’t go wrong with the lomo saltado, a dry-aged ribeye with aji Amarillo, soy sauce, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, and cilantro. If you prefer chicken, the pollo a la brasa is Peruvian rotisserie-style smoked chicken served with house-made fries, house salad, chimichurri, and salsas.
The head chefs are both Peruvian and have worked at premier restaurants in the past. Jerson Reyes has worked in other Hyatt locations, and Julio Acosta worked at Gaston, one of the most famous restaurants in Peru. Food & Beverage Manager Sandro Anglas leads the front of the house.
Diners at Cinko will get a taste of Peru, Japan, China, Korea, and Argentina, without having to compromise their shomer values. Cinko serves a prepaid sit-down Shabbos dinner Friday night and offers a pre-order Shabbos in a Box option for Shabbos day and a prepaid buffet so that you will have food for Shabbos and Yom Tovs. Boy, howdy is that a luxury! We’ve been waiting for a place like this for a while, and it’s finally here.