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Pacifico New Haven, CT

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Pacifico New Haven, CT

cheereeo | Jun 18, 2007 01:44 PM

Thought I'd post a more recent review for Pacifico. I just thought it was fabulous. We went Saturday night 7:30 PM. I had ordered a Pisco Sour (see below) but it was not for me--I realized I don't like brandy (I'm not a big drinker) and watching the bartender drop a raw egg in the blender! I'll stick to my rum drinks thank you. I love Sours so I thought it sounded good. They also had beautiful looking mojitos and sangria. Next time I'll try the Caipirihna instead, that also sounded good and had rum in it instead. My mango pineapple colado was delicous.
[A Pisco Sour is a cocktail from Peru and Chile, which contains Pisco (a regional brandy made of Quebranta or Muscat grapes), lime (green or yellow depending on personal preference), egg whites, simple syrup, and regional bitters (like Amargo bitters, though Angostura bitters work if regional bitters are unavailable.}

For dinner, the menu all looked so great. My husband had their calamari ("melt in your mouth") and a swordfish special that he said was excellent. I realize I ordered a shrimp and scallop dish for app and dinner, but it was what I wanted. I hate to do that. I saw someone having raw clams at the bar and my mouth was drooling. Also, a lady at the bar said their guacamoli was the best she ever ate--a lot of patrons were eating it--comes in a giant mortal and pestel at the table. They served this incredible brown warm bread along with this sundried tomato spread that was delish. Also, the service was top-notch, totally unpretentious but you wanted for nothing and everyone from the hostess, bartender, runners, waiter and even bussers were so so friendly. Some patrons were wearing jeans no problem. Guy next to us actually dined with his baseball hat topped with his sunglasses!! (He was a little tipsy and loud!) This place was where Tibwin Grill used to be, across from Shubert, next to the Ethiopian place. Down the block from that Bespoke place that many critics are raving about. Spacious, not crowded. Pacifico's prices were very fair I thought.

This is what I had:

For App: Mofongo de Vieras y Camaron Sea scallops, shrimp, and yellow tomato mofongo with lobster and lemongrass sauce $10.95 (The mofongo is a plaintain mash thing that was so totally incredible, kind of like a stuffing and the sauce was lick-the-bowl--the waiter brought me a spoon and I realized why)

For Salad: Ensalada de Remolacha Golden beets, raisins, goat cheese, arugula salad with lime coconut vinaigrette $8.50 (This was OK. Disappointed that they substituted regular beets but still good but not that special or something that I could have gotten somewhere else)

For Dinner: Camarones y Vieras con Raviolis de Frijol Negro Seared sea scallops and shrimp in a chipotle, honey chardonnay sauce with Monterey Jack and black bean ravioli $24.95 (This was also just incredible--the ravioli had a really nice kick and the texture offset the simple taste of the seared seafood; it had this cruncy potato thing surrounding the ravioli and the sauce was also great here)

Here's the website:
www.pacificony.com - Click on New Haven to see their menu.

We were traitors at dessert. It was my birthday dinner and I just love Carmen Anthony's desserts, www.carmenanthony.com, so we went there for dessert--my favorite for their white chocolate bread pudding. Brought half home. It is my favorite dessert out anywhere and they have the best coffee too. But I must say that Pacifico's desserts all sounded tasty too.

Sorry so long!

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