Sirena Cocina Latina, Little Italy's creative Latin eatery, will be hosting a Mexican fiesta this month to celebrate Mexico's Independence Day on September 16. Guests can look forward to a special, prix fixe menu of traditional Mexican dishes and drinks, as well as a live band.
Guests will get a taste of the traditional celebrations in Mexico, which often consist of parades, live music, bell-ringing (to commemorate the ringing church bells that first rallied Mexicans in the small town of Guanajuato to take up arms against the Spaniards) and lots of food and drinks.
"Being a Latin restaurant, it seemed obvious to just enjoy and do a big celebration," said Michael Zenteno, manager at Sirena Cocina. They asked their staff, led by executive chef Jaime Chavez, for their favorite Mexican dishes in order to create the menu. Since opening in late 2014, Sirena Cocina and Chavez have become known for fresh seafood dishes and creative twists on South American cuisine, and the Mexican Fiesta menu does not disappoint in that regard.
Appetizers like Chile en Nogada, consisting of a stuffed poblano pepper with pork and fruit, and Crema de Chile Poblano, a creamy poblano soup garnished with cheese and corn, will sweep you off to Latin America. The entrees build on that feeling, with Arroz a la Tumbada, a seafood dish with rice and a mixture of clams, mussels, fish and calamari, and Torta de Lomo, a Mexican-style sandwich with adobo beef topped with a chipotle sauce, avocado and tomato. The meal will end on a sweet note with churros served with vanilla ice cream. Drink specials will also be available. And of course, knowing Chavez's artistic style, everything will be plated perfectly and Instagram-worthy (no filter needed).
Zenteno hinted that more fiestas and celebrations might be coming at Sirena Cocina: "Everyone likes parties and celebrations."
The fiesta will start at 4 p.m. on Sept. 16, with the live band performing from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person and reservations are required. Call (619) 564-8970 to purchase tickets and make your reservations for an evening full of Latin flavors, music and spirit.
1901 Columbia St., Little Italy. sirenacocina.com