New restaurants and bars are always popping up. To save you the trouble, we’ve put together a list of noteworthy openings on the culinary scene across the Americas (and beyond). If you missed last month’s list (July 2017), you can check it out here.
Chef Maycoll Calderón and partner Walter Meyenberg recently opened Tintorera, a modern Mexican restaurant set in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. This is the first spot in the United States from Venezuela-born chef Calderón, who has spent over ten years working in some of the world’s top kitchens including Arzak in San Sebastian and Jean Georges in New York, and helms Mexico City’s Huset. It features a produce-driven, seafood-centric menu that emphasizes crudo and raw dishes alongside charcoal and wood-fired meats. The spot also features an indoor speakeasy, highlighting a separate craft cocktail menu from Mexico City bartender David Mora, in addition to a small snack menu. tintorera.la
The flavors of Lima have arrived in Lisbon, Portugal via Cantina Peruana, the latest project from Portuguese chef José Avillez and Peruvian chef Diego Muñoz. Located on the first floor of Bairro do Avillez and blending Portuguese ingredients with traditional Peruvian techniques, the space houses the city’s finest Pisco Bar and marks the first time José Avillez is representing a foreign chef in his culinary monopoly in Lisbon. Both chefs are alumni of elBulli’s kitchen and have shared a dream to open a joint project, which has materialized in Cantina Peruana. cantinaperuana.pt & joseavillez.pt.
From the owners of Don Rufino in La Fortuna, Silvestre is a new spot dishing up contemporary Costa Rican food in San Jose’s Barrio Amon — one of San José’s finest and oldest neighborhoods. Led by chef Santiago Fernandez Benedetto, Silvestre blends old-school techniques with modern approaches that highlight classic Costa Rican dishes. The theme of the restaurant is the 1930’s — a decade in which gastronomy, music, art, and design are combined to produce feelings of warmth and harmony. Facebook Page.
Recently opened in San Diego, Pisco is a new Peruvian rotisserie and cevichería from chef Emmanuel Piqueras. While San Diego has been noted for its up-and-coming food scene, until now Peruvian cuisine was mostly absent from that landscape. Filling that void, the 5,000 square-foot indoor-outdoor spot takes inspiration from Peru’s century-old cooking techniques and indigenous ingredients. Pisco’s menu includes small plates like tiraditos, contemporary ceviches, and yucca croquetas while some highlight large dishes include the Peruvian rotisserie chicken and lomo saltado. piscorotisserie.com.
Located near the Danish Royal Theater, PMY is a new, joint project from three rising Latin American chefs; Diego Muñoz, Emilio Macías and Karlos Ponte. Named after the foundational ingredients of the chefs’ native countries — potatoes, corn and yuca (papa, maíz and yuca in Spanish) — the restaurant pays homage to the culinary diversity present across Peru, Mexico, and Venezuela. The space can seat up to 60 guests and offers popular dishes from each country such as ceviches, elotitos, and arepas. The beverage program highlights Latin American spirits pisco, mezcal, and rum, in addition to a variety of regional beers and wines. restaurant-pmy.com.
Located in Medellín, Mula hopes to change the narrative about what Colombia is and has to offer gastronomically. Working with fresh, local ingredients, the menu is a homage to the immense diversity of the country. Both chefs John David Zarate and Luis Velasquez have experience cooking abroad, but nonetheless decided to stay in Medellín to create something radical and new. Mula’s nine-course tasting menu tells a story about the Colombian ingredients, their origins, and what they mean to the chefs. Complementing the food, gusts can enjoy locally crafted beers in addition to a wide selection of Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese wines. Instagram Page.
Beach Club by José Enrique recently opened its doors to diners in The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort on the island of Puerto Rico. Helmed by one of the island’s most celebrated chefs, José Enrique Montes, its cuisine focuses on the culinary traditions of the island’s El Yunque Rainforest. True to his signature — always sticking to Puerto Rican roots while experimenting with new concepts — Montes’ seasonal, ingredient-focused approach can be found across Beach Club’s menu which include bright salads and fresh ceviches, hearty entrees such as his version of Caldo Santo, a traditional Puerto Rican fish stew made with coconut milk, the chef highlights the island’s abundance of rich ingredients and local produce. stregisbahiabeach.com.
Located in the heart of San José, Bebedero CR offers perhaps the most sophisticated cocktails anywhere in Costa Rica. Led by Liz Furlong, who also owns the excellent brunch spot Maza Cafe + Bistro, the bar is an upscale speakeasy and self-proclaimed “cocktail den” across its social channels. While drinks are certainly king here, guests can also enjoy tasty snacks such as trout tostadas, pate, and fresh oysters. Facebook Page.
Chic Bruma winery in Valle de Guadalupe recently unveiled Fauna, its new culinary concept. Led by chef David Castro Hussong, who has logged time in respected kitchens across New York such as Eleven Madison Park and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, the upscale restaurant pays homage to the wealth of ingredients found across the Baja California region and boasts a typical-of-the-region open-kitchen concept. Guests can expect beloved, local favorites like clams, oysters, and pulpo. And, of course, wines provided from Bruma vines. bruma.mx.
A take on a typical Casco Viejo fonda, located on the ground floor of the new gastro lab for Donde Jose’s Jose Olmedo Carles. As the name states, they serve whatever they feel like making on that particular day. It’s a low-key comfort food spot dishing up beloved classics, making mostly hearty fare like pork cheek tacos and pescado frito with coconut curry rice that’s affordable for everyone in the neighborhood. Instagram Page.
After months of delays and an astounding $7 million investment, Sen Sakana is now officially open in Midtown Manhattan. A new Nikkei spot, the restaurant is led by chefs Mina Newman (Christos Steakhouse) and Taku Nagai (Ootoya). In fitting Nikkei style, the menu is full of a variety of tiraditos, sushi, skewers, and, of course, ceviche. Guests can also enjoy main courses such as a pork belly and quinoa and a yaki soba seafood dish. The restaurant also offers a sushi bar helmed by Sang Lee. Facebook Page.
Missed our July 2017 Restaurant Openings? No problem; you can check them out here.