What is this culinary sorcery?
From first glimpsing the restaurant’s vibrant color scheme to that last morsel of tres leches pound cake, the entire experience at Pacifico Restaurant in New Haven was pure perfection. Refreshing glasses of coconut and mango mojitos kicked off the dinner, each garnished with a straw of raw sugar cane – achieving the flawless balance of a minty, tropical elixir without being cloyingly sweet.
From the extensive tapas menu, Nick and I ordered four plates to share; the night’s special of yellowfin tuna ceviche in sweet, mild coconut milk, plus a plate of puerquitos (braised pork belly in a jalapeno pepper jam). We continued with the quesadilla bursting with shredded duck, roasted peppers, and smoked gouda, rounded out with a roasted corn salsita, jalapeno aioli and a pomegranate reduction.
While each of these small plates tantalized our tastebuds accordingly, the real star was our order of ostras fritas mofongo – crispy oysters over mofongo (plantain mash) topped with a saffron-mojito sauce. Cradled in the oyster shells, the dish created a lovely presentation.
A shared dessert of tres leches pound cake with fresh whipped cream concluded the meal. Needless to say, a delicious outing that confirmed, yet again, that New Haven has one hell of a restaurant scene.
Pacifico is located at 220 College Street in New Haven, CT. Visit their website and view the menu here.