The magic that is Mojo’s Restaurant and Bar is sweeping the city and chances are you’re already under its spell.
Nestled half a mile west of Sandy Port and a stone’s throw away from the Cable Beach shoreline, MoJo’s is located next to the historic Sun Fun Resort. Since opening a year ago, MoJo’s has served soulful Caribbean and southern American cuisine to young foodies that have become repeat customers.
When I sat for an early dinner at MoJo’s, I instantly noticed its odd-shape—like an inverted arrow with accent walls with local art, an L-shaped wooden bar and ceiling-to-floor glass panels that lead to a cozy patio.
It is small, but
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of the kitchen.
Having lived in Texas six years, I was tempted to order the popular Crispy Fried Chicken and Sage Waffles, but gave in to the Cajun-inspired Shrimp and Grits. Sautéed in garlic, the shrimp was as sweet and tender as the diced scallions and tomatoes atop the buttery grits. Nothing like the quick sand mush served at other eateries; these yellow grits were thick and creamy.
If Cajun doesn’t get your tongue jumping, try Mojo’s other savory dishes, like the Coconut Curry Salmon Fillet and Sesame Teriyaki Glazed Duck. For your non-carnivores, try the Fried Eggplant and Goat Cheese stacker.
Or, enjoy their twist on bar foods like Angus beef burgers and fried wings in various sauces, including pineapple Jerk and papaya BBQ. Bet your mouth is watering now.
Not to be out-done, MoJo’s dessert menu is undeniably undeniable. From Red Velvet Cheesecake Whoopie Pies to the classic Rum Raisin Duff, there is something for each sweet tooth. It seemed my timing was perfect, as I dined only a day after MoJo’s debuted its S’mores Jars.
Sticky sweet, the melted marsh mellows and warm chocolate sauce is scooped with Graham cracker squares from a shot glass. The only thing missing was a bonfire and a blanket. Needless to say, there were smiles all around.
Of course, I couldn’t leave MoJo’s without sipping something from the bar; that would be just …wrong.
I love an old fashion ‘adult’ lemonade and MoJo’s has at least five variations, but the Dragon Fruit Mojito just kept calling my name. I couldn’t resist.
Another newcomer to the menu, the mojito was tangy and sweet with the slightest undertone of vodka. There is no doubt that it will be on the drink menu for a while.
The nightlife at MoJo’s fits this quaint restaurant, entertaining patrons with its Acoustic Nights series. Weekly, Bahamian musicians perform live jazz and classical music to an audience they would never otherwise reach. I could easily see MoJo’s as a spot for poetry and jazz freestyles, art exhibits and welcoming other creative minds to unite and share their work.
Mojo’s has potential to become a staple of authentically Bahamian restaurants. It is Nassau Beach’s Johnny Canoe reincarnated. Their menu is forever evolving. Their legion of followers is growing. It’s already the next big thing in Nassau, a city under its spell.