Sirena Cocina Latina creates waves of flavor in San Diego, California

A short drive from the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, in the northeast part of “Little Italy”  San Diego is Sirean Cocina Latina. Sirena means “mermaid” in Spanish. They just celebrated their 1st anniversary in November 2015 and their Latin flavors and aromas of Peru, Chile, Spain, and Mexico are clearly the “sirens” that tempt the taste buds of locals and visitors alike. The use of vibrant colors on the interior excite the imagination with festive atmosphere. Executive Chef Jaime Chavez, formerly of El Cingle (a Michelin-starred restaurant in Barcelona), uses his mastery of Latin cooking to make local produce, the finest meats, and the freshest seafood shine through with their natural flavors. Chef Chavez takes advantage of the seasonal ingredients to innovate the menu with the freshest flavors around. The service is friendly and attentive.

Seafood Wings ($12) are crab cakes with sweet-sour-spicy sauce, and habanero parsley aioli. The crab cake “fritters” are filled with crab meat rather than a lot of filler for a full crab-flavored bite. The sauce is reminiscent of a General Tso sauce with its Asian flavor profile. It works well with the crab by enhancing the sweet crab flavor. The habanero aioli is both refreshing and creamy yet delivers a slightly spicy punch. Rating: 4.8/5

Ahi Tuna Tartar ($15) is ahi tuna mixed with yuzu, tamari, sesame oil, sesame seeds, scallions, roasted peanuts, capers, mayonnaise, and served with crackers. Wow! This is definitely a fusion dish. It tastes like a Latin-inspired poke with the yuzu and sesame flavors, yet is different than expected. The ahi tastes fresh with sweet and succulent flavors. The combination of ingredients is in harmony to create the perfect dish. This would also be great atop a bowl of sticky rice. Rating: 5/5

Lima Style Chicharrón Sliders ($16) start with egg buns then are layered with pork belly chicharrón, lettuce, pickled onions and served with sweet potato fries and creole sauce. The egg buns are beautiful with a shiny, golden brown exterior with a soft, yet chewy, interior. The crispy pork belly is like a cube of carnitas, tender on the inside with a contrasting crispy exterior. The pork works well with the pickled onion which adds a nice acidity. The fresh lettuce provides a refreshing, crisp texture. The sweet potato fries are sweet and have a caramelized flavor. Rating: 4.5/5

Octopus ($20) is grilled and served with carrot puree, glazed fennel, roasted Peruvian potatoes, sunchoke, and roasted baby peppers. The octopus is tender with slightly crisp exterior as if dropped into the deep fryer for just a minute. The flavor is sweet and tastes fresh. The carrot puree is reminiscent of butternut squash with a fluffy texture and sweet flavor. It contrasts nicely with the smoky flavor of the grilled octopus. The potatoes are cooked to perfection and the sweet peppers add contrast similar to Potatoes O’Brien. Rating: 5/5

If you are ever in San Diego, you need to put this on your “To-Eat” list. Sirena’s flavors will have you remember San Diego forever!

  • YELP Check-in Special: 15% off food

Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars

For more information:
Sirena Cocina Latina
1901 Columbia St.
San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Closed on Monday
Parking: Limited street parking – metered parking is free after 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday

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