If you're looking for fun and creative twists on Mexican seafood classics, Costa Pacifica proves an outstanding choice. The classics are in good hands, too.
For example, pescado a la veracruzana deftly blends a touch of brininess from capers and green olives with spice from pickled jalapeños in a long-simmered sauce with sliced onions, tomatoes and green bell pepper. The dish usually is served with tilapia, but snapper is available as an option. Snag it.
Another traditional dish, the shrimp aguachile, features butterflied raw shrimp in a spicy puree of lime juice and serrano chiles with slices of red onion and a few cucumber slices. This dish depends on a bright freshness, and the version here absolutely pops.
Throughout the menu, skillful execution balances flavors and textures to create dishes that consistently pleased over a pair of visits. Although much of the clientele consists of Mexican families who live nearby and many of the conversations among tables flow in Spanish, all the menu descriptions are in English and are not intimidating for those not familiar with these dishes.
The menu includes a couple of nonseafood items, but why go for those when there's something amazing like the “Zarandeado” Octopus? Literally, zarandeado means shaken, and the traditional dish is a grilled fish marinated in a mixture that includes soy sauce and chiles.
The grilled fish fillet with the fun marinade has a spot on the menu, but this octopus was absolutely stunning. Tender but still firm with a well-rounded slightly spicy marinade, it was brilliant. firstname.lastname@example.org
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