So I had dinner at Sirena tonight with my friend Pat (Chilepm on the old board). Far more hits than misses.
We tried 2 ceviches off the Wednesday Ceviche Special menu: Beet Cured Tiraditos and Mango & Shrimp Ceviche. Both were good, both we’d order again. The beet cured tiraditos were nothing short of spectacular. Thin (think sashimi) slices of pristine yellowtail cured with beets. It was absolutely delicious. Came with meyer lemon smear on the plate as well as a very mild beet mousse like sauce. Would order this in a heart beat. The shrimp and mango ceviche was very good as well, lots of large (16-20s most likely) shrimp in a very spicy liquid along with strips of mild red pepper, cilantro and that addictive Peruvian cancha corn. The house taro chips paired exceptionally well with this ceviche.
The blackboard menu had Seafood Wings on it, so of course, we had to try them. Just what is a seafood wing? Turned out to be a stone crab claw that had been scrapped and then reformed with a crab cake-like mixture, breaded and deep fried. It came with a sauce that was far too sweet, but the watercress and habanero aioli on the side was really good, but it couldn’t cut through the sweetness of the sauce on the crab. If you like sweet, this is your dish. The actual crab claw was pretty good.
I had the braised scallop entree and Pat had the grilled octopus. Both were delightful and came with a motherload of veggies, too many veggies in fact.
Skip dessert. The house has a way with seafood and can turn out some really tasty dishes. Sweet endings are not their forte…just trust my sweet tooth on this one.
Two blocks up from India on Columbia, cross street is Fir. Definitely worth checking out.
Yes, they have 2 flat screen TVs in their bar area, both of which were showing the World Series tonight, neither of which had any volume, picture only. I sat with my back to the TVs, they were not a problem.