A little over two weeks ago, executive chef Jamie Chavez temporarily closed his Latin-inspired eatery in Little Italy to make some tweaks and upgrades to the menu. Last night, Sirena Gourmet reopened as Sirena Cocina Latina to reveal reimagined menu offerings and a new cocktail menu, plus some colorful new design details.
Since opening in late 2014, Sirena has garnered attention for Chavez' Latin-inspired take on seafood and artfully plated dishes. Upholding his affinity with South American cuisine, new bites include appetizers like carnitas sopes and empanadas, plus seafood wings –– crab cakes crowned with sweet-sour-spicy sauce and a habanero parsley aioli. While new entree offerings range fro a Po’ Boy Chilean tenderloin and shrimp risotto to a Raw Bar section serving up everything from coconut ginger ceviche tostada to ahi tuna tartare.
In addition to Sirena's extensive wine list and craft beer selection, a liquor and a cocktail menu has been added to its beverage program. The selection showcases suitably Latin-inspired craft cocktails such as the Berrygood Mojito and La Pina Picante featuring jalapeño infused vodka, muddled pineapple, zested ginger, bitters, and ginger beer. In addition, every Thursday all wines by the bottle will be half off.
Firing up the décor to match their revamped menu, renovation highlights include pops of cantina-style color throughout, plus the addition of a vibrant wooden 'peg wall' art installation. Manager Mikey Zenteno says the mini-remodel aims to reposition Sirena as a more relaxed, approachable and affordable eatery for the neighborhood.
Weekly specials include Ceviche Wednesdays, with octopus cocktail, tenderloin, and 'berry good' ceviche (yellowtail, shrimp, scallops, crab meat, pomegranate) for $9. On the weekends there will be $15 bottomless mimosas (noon to 5 p.m.) and $35 sangria pitchers available both days. And last but not least, every Tuesday Sirena's pork belly, octopus, mushroom and carne asada-filled tacos will cost just $4 a piece. Sirena Cocina Latina will be open Tuesday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday noon to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday noon to 8 p.m.