Wednesday, April 19, 2017

1 South: Pacifica, Pacifica Beach Hotel and Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen & Pisco Bar


Pacifica Beach Hotel  525 Crespi Dr., (650) 355-9999.  52 rooms.  Some fireplaces.  Indoor heated pool.  Continental breakfast.  No pets.  Featuring contemporary Victorian-style architecture with colorful red-roofed cupolas, this hotel offers stunning ocean views of Linda Mar Beach--across the street--and Pedro Point.  All guest rooms have an ocean view, a balcony, and a Jacuzzi tub in the bedroom, and everyone gets a rose-petal welcome.





Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen & Pisco Bar  (650) 733-7343.  L M-F, D daily, Sat-SunBr; $$$.  This hotel restaurant serves a Peruvian menu and features a 20-foot high ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Linda Mar Beach and the ocean, which is usually filled with surfers.

interior of Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California
interior of Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California

view from Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California
view from Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California
Menu items are meant to be shared family-style and include fried rice with sea urchin sauce, pork belly with Andean-style potato stew, paella, and anticuchos (Peruvian skewers), as well as a variety of ceviches.  Lunch includes charcoal-fragrant Lomo Saltado--sirloin steak pieces sautéed with onion, tomato, and cliantro and served on top of fries;

Lomo Saltado at Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California
Lomo Saltado at Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California

Pollo a la Brasa--half of a delicious rotisseried Mary’s organic chicken;

rotisseried chicken at Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California
rotisseried chicken at Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California

and Locro de Quinoa--a tasty and colorful vegetarian Kabocha squash stew with potatoes, green beans, and quinoa topped with a sunny-side-up egg.

Locro de Quinoa at Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California
Locro de Quinoa at Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California

At brunch, several Benedicts, a variety of egg dishes, and some sandwiches compose the menu.  The unusual and scrumptious starter known as Causa Masaki is a don’t-miss.  A sushi-esque dish composed of crispy shrimp and Dungeness crab rolled up in a mashed yellow-potato wrap, it was developed by Japanese immigrants to Peru who didn’t have access to their usual ingredients.

Causa Masaki at Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California
Causa Masaki at Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California

For dessert, housemade Alfajore cookies are just right, 

Alfajores at Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California
Alfajores at Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California

but the dramatic Tres Leches Cake decorated with orchids is also a treat.

Tres Leches Cake at Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California
Tres Leches Cake at Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California

Several kinds of pisco cocktails are available, but it’s hard to beat the classic version.

pisco cocktail at Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California
pisco cocktail at Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California

Non-alcoholic mocktails include a spectacular Apasionado made with passion fruit, mint, and ginger ale.

Apasionado mocktail at Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California
Apasionado mocktail at Puerto 27 Peruvian Kitchen in Pacifica, California

Tables circle the central bar featuring a Caesarstone counter top and chocolate-colored leather high stools.  The hard surfaces of a glass wall of windows and polished concrete floors combine for a noisy interior.
Puerto 27 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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hotel images courtesy of venue; restaurant images c2017 Carole Terwilliger Meyers
 

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