If you’re looking for your Caribbean fix in Pittsburgh, Pirata Caribbean Cuisine x Rum Bar is a good option! I typically only review brunch here but I HAD to talk about Pirata. My sister and I visited this place on St. Patrick’s Day and it definitely was a pleasant surprise.
The VEGETARIANO EMPANADAS were so good. We wished we ordered more. The breading reminded me of a Jamaican Patty (which is one the menu) but the spices and filling were more true to the traditional empanada.
We also ordered the Bahamian Macaroni Pie and Tostones. To be honest, I was a bit underwhelmed. My family is from Haiti. Bahamian Macaroni Pie is very similar to how we do macaroni in Haiti. Bahamians tend to make there’s a little more hot. Don’t get me wrong, the taste was on point. However, the texture is where they failed. This “macaroni pie” fell apart. Part of why west indians refer to their macaroni dishes in this way is because it sticks to together, firm, like pie. Ever had a homemade apple pie that couldn’t hold its form? Doesn’t it take away from the dish just a bit? Yea, its like that.
The tostones were seasoned well but just a bit undercooked in the middle. The dipping sauce that came with it was amazing.
Where this place stands out above the rest is the RUM BABY!!! 150 choices..that’s INSANE! I almost fell over when I saw Haitian Rum, yes Barbancourt was on the menu. We also tried a few of their carribbean cocktails, and we weren’t disappointed with any of them!
I try to stick to the food with these reviews but I cannot skip over the music here. IT WAS ON POINT! I loved hearing Afrobeats, Dancehall, Soca, Kompa, Reggaeton, and more! My sister and I couldn’t sit still!
I’m giving this place a 7/10 !
- Clean, modern environment
- Attentive staff
- Great location
- No wait
- Less than authentic tasting
- Parking (Expected due to the location)
- Little Vegetarian/Vegan options
Final Round up
Let me be clear, this is NOT your Haitian, Jamaican, Trinidadian, Bahamian, or Cuban grandmother’s cooking..but if you’re away from home..this is a good substitute!