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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami www.weekendnotes.com/origami-classes-japan-australia-friendship-association/ and Pokémon www.weekendnotes.com/pokemon-center-tokyo/
Published August 5th 2019
Part of the popular Adelaide Central Market, Cumbia specialises in serving South American cuisine, a cuisine that we rarely see offered in Adelaide. In addition to their main menu, the restaurant also offers various daily specials.

A dish that was one of the specials offered during our visit, the rice in their South American Paella was fluffy, and the chicken and pork were cooked just right. We were also delighted that the prawns and mussels had a fresh taste. The chorizo imparted a slight smoky taste to the dish. While the dish was delicious enough on its own, diners can squeeze the lemon wedge over the ingredients to add some sharpness.

Cumbia, South American Paella, Adelaide
South American Paella (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


One of the dishes that can be ordered from the pop-up stall outside the restaurant, their Pork Belly Roll had roasted pork belly with succulent flesh set off nicely by crisp crackling. The fresh taste of the tomato salsa partnered well with the pork and fried potato shreds provided some crunch. Those that are feeling brave can choose to order a version which includes chilli sauce. This dish reminds us of the popular Vietnamese Bahn Mi.

Cumbia, Pork Belly Roll, Adelaide
Pork Belly Roll (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Listed as Tapas in the menu, Cumbia's Empanadas are fried corn pockets with fillings. This dish consists of three types of Empanadas - Haloumi, Chorizo and Pulled Beef. The Chorizo and Pulled Beef Empanadas both had a delectable rich filling. While the Haloumi Empanada may suggest something creamy, the filling was actually quite light. Accompanying the Empanadas was tomato salsa whose tangy taste served as a good foil to the fillings.

Cumbia, Empanadas, Adelaide
Empanadas (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Cumbia, Empanadas, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


For dessert, we tried their Caramel Churro and Guava and Caramel Crostata. The churro in their Caramel Churro was fried to a golden brown and had a fluffy interior. The caramel sauce topping on the churro was not too sweet.

Cumbia, Caramel Churro, Adelaide
Caramel Churro (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


While the filling of their Guava and Caramel Crostata can be a bit sweet for some, the texture of the filling was not too thick. The filling was encased in a pastry shell that had a bit of a crumbly texture. The pastry's buttery taste went well with the filling.

Cumbia, Guava and Caramel Crostata, Adelaide
Guava and Caramel Crostata (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The restaurant is fairly small and has limited seatings. Its close location to bus and tram stops makes it easily accessible by public transportation. We enjoyed 25% off our total bill by using the Entertainment Book offer.

Cumbia, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
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When: Tues-Thurs: 7.30am-5pm, Fri-Sat: 7am-10pm
Phone: 0404 131 418
Where: Shop GR43, Adelaide Central Market, Grote Street, Adelaide, SA
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