Montclair’s Fusion Empanada is Now Cocina Candela!


Montclair’s Fusion Empanada is expanding its menu, stepping up its service, and rebranding as Cocina Candela! Thankfully –they will still serve their signature empanadas with house-made pastry dough. Owner Kenny Candelaria wants old customers and new ones to know that the restaurant is much more than empanadas, hence the rebrand. The full-scale mouth-watering menu also includes an incredible Brunch — served on Saturday and Sunday!

Candela Benedict and Chicken and Waffles — two of our favorite brunch dishes at Cocina Candela

The new menu still has an emphasis on Puerto Rican cuisine with traditional dishes of the island finished with a modern appeal. Traditional dishes include mofongo (a mashed plantain dish), pernil with rice and pidgeon peas, and pastelon (a Puerto Rican style lasagna made with sweet plantains and beef in lieu of pasta). These classics share the menu with additions including a ‘melt in your mouth’ short ribs served over a malanga root purée, and a 35-day aged prime ribeye.

Other specialties to try — the 32-oz long-bone Berkshire pork chop colloquially called “Chuleta CanCan” or the special braised oxtail known as “Rabo Encendido”.

Complimentary champagne and hord’oeuvres will be served with meals May 16-18th to celebrate.

Cocina Candela, 706 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair,


  1. Stopped by on opening day to take out a dozen empanadas. Very welcoming space, especially with the storefront glass open on a warm spring day and sidewalk tables available; and, the staff were warm and engaged. The empanadas are soft and pastry-like, rather than the harder crisper type. They got a thumbs up from the Morales family, who loves them a good empanada!

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