Last month La Mar Cebicheria made sense for meeting a friend for a drink before a function nearby. Happy hour is from 3pm to 6pm in the bar daily.
La Mar's one of the first places where I'd had a Pisco Sour, and its version pretty much defines the drink for me. It's nice to pay only $7 for a well-made cocktail in a waterfront bar in San Francisco.
Cebiche mixto, $9, was mostly calamari as the seafood with a little bit of white fish too. The rocoto leche de tigre etched a fine acidic line of modest heat across the palate.
Cebiche classico, $9, featured barely cured halibut as the catch of the day in a bright classic leche de tigre spiked with bits of habanero for random sizzle.
Jalea, $18, was packed with dusted and deep-fried seafood. Chunks of halibut, tuna, calamari and a couple big prawns were interspersed with thin and crackly yucca chips, avocado, minced red onion and creamy sauce. Quite rich and filling.
The seafood is very fresh. The bar was busy but the bartenders and servers taking care of the tables did a good job. La Mar Cebicheria's regular menus are a splurge, so it's nice to be able to take advantage of the happy hour discounts.
La Mar SF
Pier 1 ½, the Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 397 8880
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