I first experienced the Pisco y Nazca brand a few months ago upon dropping by the Kendall location for a smart lunch date. We had a great time, enjoyed the food immensely, and promised to come back soon.
So, when we sat down here in the Doral-based Pisco y Nazca Peruvian ceviche gastrobar for the full dinner treatment, we were not only way pleased to see the same high level of attentive service, but were totally taken aback by the wide range of creative dinner-menu choices.
But before we go any further, I went to their website to see what in the world is a Pisco y Nazca? Here’s what I found:
Pisco is a city located in the Ica region of Peru, known for its Peruvian grape brandy that shares the same name. Nazca is a desert town in the southern coast of Peru, famous for its mysterious Nazca Lines and also for its production of Pisco. Put the two together, “Entre Pisco y Nazca,” and it translates as “The enjoyment of libations in a social setting.”
So, on our big night out, we started out with the top cocktail on their Spring menu called “Acelerado,” which was a refreshing and balanced blend of Russian Standard vodka, fresh lime, celery, and habanero. Whooda thought!
My dinner partner and I then continued down the spring menu, he selecting the savory Tallarin Saltado (chicken stir fry onions, tomato, ginger linguine); and me, the waiter’s (Nicholas was truly amazing!) recommendation of Conchitas a la Parmesana — a beautiful presentation of scallops, cheese sauce, Grana Padano, lime, garlic chips, grilled ciabatta bread all served on the half shell.
We then topped off the night by sharing the special dessert item on the seasonal menu. And so with two big spoons, we dipped into the Chirimoya Parfait, a surprisingly light combination of a sponge cake, strawberries, Chirimoya puree, white chocolate crunch, whipped cream. Crazy good!
Before we left all fat and happy, Nicholas our server took the opportunity to tell us about the all-new brunch items that were set to roll out May 5. He said that guests can indulge in dishes like Alfajor Pancakes, Croque Madame, Cachapa and Tamalito Verde Pork or more traditional brunch items with a twist like French Toast with Dulce de Leche, Avocado Toast and Chicken and Waffles.
In addition to the new brunch items, a new three-course brunch prix-fixe menu now features the most popular dishes and is available for $27 per person.
Brunch is every Saturday and Sunday from opening to 4 p.m., with the option of bottomless sangria and champagne cocktails available for $18.
PISCO Y NAZCA NEW BRUNCH DISHES
• FRENCH TOAST ($12): Brioche, rice crispies, dulce de leche syrup, fruit salad.
• RANCHEROS ($11): Two fried eggs, grilled tortilla, ranchero sauce, pork belly, jalapeño cilantro cream.
• ALFAJOR PANCAKES ($9): Dulce de leche, fruit salad, whipped cream.
• CHICKEN AND WAFFLES ($14): Homemade waffles, proper maple syrup.
• CROQUE MADAME ($11): Grilled ciabatta, smoked ham, fried egg, huancaina sauce, rocoto agrodolce.
• AVOCADO TOAST ($8.50): Multigrain ciabatta, avocado purée, creamy egg salad, tomato, queso fresco.
• CACHAPA ($13): Muenster cheese, smoked salmon, rocoto aioli & agrodolce
• TAMALITO VERDE PORK ($9): Pork belly, ají amarillo, cilantro, salsa criolla.
• CHOLO BENEDICTO ($13): Sweet plantain cakes, pork belly chicharrón, queso fresco, poached egg, rocoto hollandaise.
Packed with happy guests, the restaurant exudes great energy, the decor design is really cool with lots for the eye to take in, and ambient music is just right – all in all what a great time you’ll have in Downtown Doral. Granted there are a whole bunch of attractive restaurant options in this district, but Pisco y Nazca needs to be at the top of your list.
Pisco y Nazca Doral is located at 8551 NW 53 Street, # A101, Doral, FL 33166. For reservations, visit OpenTable.com or call 786-805-4344.