Last month Rum Bar got itself a new chef. According toPhila Grubstreet,

Lara’s most recent gig was running his own Caribbean small plates restaurant, Ramona’s in Haddonfield, NJ. He is of Cuban decent and was raised in the Dominican Republic, where prior to pursuing a culinary career, he trained to be a professional baseball player

Read more: Rum Bar Gets a New Chef and New Menu — Grub Street Philadelphia

You may be familiar with their Happy hour which is 7 days a week, 5 – 7PM or their late night crowd hanging out at the bar, but Rum Bar also has a restaurant that serves Latin inspired food.

Last night I attended a press dinner at Rum Bar, to meet the new chef and try out the new menu during a tasting. (The dishes are a quarter of the size if they were served normally.) Basically I thought everything was delicious, and I look forward to returning for full size meals.
Adam Kanter and Executive Chef Luis Lara
Ecuadorian Ceviche $9
Fish is Chef’s pick, cilantro, red onions, tomatoes, a blend of citrus juices, fresh mango, and cancha chulpe “corn nuts” – Loved the “salad”
Cubano Egg Rolls $9
Roast pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickles, with a mustard aioli dipping sauce – YUM. Loved the dipping sauce.
Sauteed Pulpo with Mojo$18
Octopus sautéed in garlic and olive oil finished with lime and cilantro – Delicious!!
Cuban Style Calamari $9 – Delicious and really priced well.
Served with fried jalapeños and spring mix, drizzled with a spicy raspberry coulis and balsamic reduction

Mussels Ramona $10
Served with a mango relish – Great, but I needed a bib
Chef Luis and Adam have been testing dishes for their flavor and presentation, and thought it would be a good idea to take pictures of all the dishes and put them up on the frig so everyone can see how they should be presented. Very clever.
Thom Cardwell, writer/Dev Director of Cinefest and owner of Rum Bar Adam Kanter celebrate the end of a good meal. Adam and I touched on the recently held Rum Fest. He tells me that it’s returning to Octo again this year, but he will have a few more surprises and upgrades. Check out the entire menu on FooBooz
Day of the Dead – October 30, 2010 – Rum Bar Monster Mash – Costumes required