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Tamboo Haitian bistro is 'a hidden gem on Main Street' in Brockton – Enterprise News

BROCKTON — Tucked away on Main Street is a warmly lit Caribbean restaurant with art for the eyes and the aroma of authentic cuisine dancing in the air. 
Tamboo Bistro at 252 Main St. opened in 2005 to enhance Brockton and bring the missing flavors the city needed, said Chrisman Charlot, owner of Tamboo Bistro. 
“Tamboo is a special place in my mind, a hidden gem on Main Street, and I wanted to create a Haitian restaurant where all residents can feel safe, welcomed and comfortable while enjoying an upscale dining experience. I’ve had bad experiences in the past where I didn’t feel welcomed, and I want to change that,” Charlot said.  
When you walk into Tamboo, a host will greet you with a friendly smile, check your coat, escort you to your table and give you a menu filled with flavorful creations passed down from generation to generation.
As a young boy growing up in Haiti, Charlot remembers his mother selling fried foods from a cart on the side of the road. Like many people in Haiti, this was their livelihood and a way to make extra cash to take care of the family, Charlot said. 
Charlot’s mother is known for her delicious fritay, which is a mix of fried food appetizers. 
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Once in America, the family thought it would be a good idea to open a restaurant because the mother had such amazing cooking skills, he said. So they opened Bon Appetit in Boston in 1998 and decided to expand the business to Brockton.
Tamboo Bistro is expanding to a seasonal menu of fire-grilled fish and salmon to welcome warm weather in the upcoming months and introduce their patio seating for the summer. 
Some of the customer favorites include red snapper steamed in sauce and spices, griyo (fried pork), Djon Djon rice (black mushroom rice), coconut shrimp, fried plantains and Caribbean chicken marinated in sauce. 
The drinks are notable for a twist of tropical Caribbean flavors from the Haitian Persuasion packed with imported Haitian rum.
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The bar is fully stocked with all seven versions of the famous Rhum Barbancourt, Haiti’s very popular rum brand.
When you aren’t taking a bite into the island’s flavors or sipping a refreshing cocktail, you can take a dance class at the Bistro.
Every Sunday, international dance classes are from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Each class is $25, and the instructor gives one-on-one dance lessons with a dance partner. 
The festivities don’t stop there. 
Thursday evenings are cocktail night, which starts at 6 p.m. The idea is for the restaurant to attract the working professionals to enjoy a nightcap filled with music and different specialty made house cocktails.
“After a long day of work, you just need a nice drink, good music and positive vibes. This is the place to get that,” said Vania Correia, senior bar specialist.
“A lot of people don’t know that Tamboo fits 168 people seated and 400 people standing. Patrons can rent out the restaurant, which includes catering for special occasions, funeral receptions, birthdays and graduations,” Correia said. 
Hours of operation are Monday – Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m, and Friday – Saturday 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Enterprise staff reporter  Alisha Saint-Ciel can be reached by email at stciela@gannett.com You can follow her on Twitter at @alishaspeakss. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Enterprise today.

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