We had a meal at Pisco in Liberty Station this evening and enjoyed it. A little expensive perhaps, but good food in a nice environment – and outstanding, efficient service.
The dominant color here is orange, but there are other bright colors too. The ceiling is “covered” with a large number of small colorful umbrellas hung upside down, which not only add character, but act, I think, to help mitigate noise. It’s a far cry from what it looked like when it was a pizza place.
There’s a very small bar and a stand-up table (where they may or may not serve food). Lots of four tops, both tables and booths, and plenty of outdoor seating in an enclosed patio.
We both ordered their signature drink, a classic pisco sour, which is made with a number of ingredients, including pisco of course. (The ingredients list for this drink is painted on the wall.) In flavor it tasted a lot like a fresh-lime margarita, but with a very frothy head (due to egg whites). It was good, and something new and different – for us, anyway.
We then split three menu items: a classico ceviche, a mixto ceviche, and a half chicken (with rice and potatoes). The classico was tres ordinaire, except for the finely-chopped sweet potatoes and hominy. Not much flavor, but the fish was very fresh. Our server said he chose to bring this one out first because the mixto had some kick to it (spicy-wise). It did, and it also had much more interest, with shrimp, squid, octopus, and a more complex marinade. Both ceviches were on the small side, we thought. My companion commented that she likes Mexican ceviches more.
The chicken was fine, nice and tender, good crust, and came with three tasty dipping sauces. (Chicken Charlie does just as well with the chicken part, though.) The rice and potatoes were meh.
Cost before surcharge, tax, and tip was $56, but that’s for two people, and we didn’t leave hungry. I’m sure we’ll return, and when we do we’ll explore things farther from these baseline items.
We tried getting in last Sunday afternoon but it was packed with a 1/2-hour wait, and it was full again the following evening (a Monday!). So we went very early tonight, and had no trouble getting a table. I’m not sure if they take reservations per se, but you can “call ahead”, so they told us, and they’ll hold a table for you for maybe half an hour or so.