Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Selva Grill In Sarasota: Nuevo Latino Fusion Cuisine

Located the heart of downtown Sarasota, Selva’s 'Nuevo Latino' cuisine is a culinary marriage of exotic flavours from Latin America and the United Sates, with special emphasis on Peruvian dishes which recognize the contribution of Asian immigrants to Peru, who have deliciously fused their cuisine and techniques with that of the locals. Killer mojitos, fresh ceviches and a cosmopolitan scene give Selva Grill its distinctive South-Beach-meets-Sarasota vibe. Famous for their ceviches de la casa, each with their own distinct character and flavour profiles, Chef Ysaac Sanchez brilliantly showcases the influence of Japanese culture on Peruvian cuisine with his Tuna Tiradito Nikkei, which is sliced like sushi rather than diced like ceviche, the tiradito looks and tastes like a tiny work of art. Selva's rich selection of appetizer tapas pique the palate, such as the Aji de Gallina Spring Roll, a delicious wrap of creamy spiced pulled chicken and pecans with a decadent avocado aioli for dipping, Chino Beef Ceviche, slices of seared rare sirloin with panca sauce, citrus juice, avocados and red onions, and Wild Corvina Ceviche with fresh lime, onion, cilantro, plump Cusco corn and roasted camotes "that tastes like the first day of summer." 

Entrées range from the finest 'frutas del mar' to such favoritos 'de la tierra' as lamb, pork, beef and veal, prepared with exotic salsas, herbs, fruits and vegetables, each exquisitely presented and expertly prepared including the rich and satisfying Seafood Paella with shrimp, mussels, calamari and a jumbo sea scallop, Arroz con Pato Grilled Duck Breast served over cilantro and green pea beer risotto, with a roasted red pepper salsa, and New York Strip topped with truffle butter and served with truffle parmesan frites, port demi place, garlicky chimichurri and marinated tomato salad. Selva's modern, colourful interior with beautiful mural along one wall and sexy ambiance sets the tone for the restaurants's innovative, intricately prepared dishes, whimsically plated and presented as works of art. Quite possibly the best food in Sarasota, Selva is a culinary destination we look forward to exploring over and over again. 

Selva's outstanding menu of Nuevo Latino cuisine with an emphasis on Peruvian dishes

Head Barman Robert Boyland serving up his Pisco Sour at Selva Grill

The delicious Pisco Sour is the National drink of Peru and Selva's signature cocktail

The vibrant and colourful interior with spectacular painting 
which spans the length of the restaurant

Triologia: a ceviche sampler of fresh white fish with traditional lime marinade, tuna in ginger sauce and Maya shrimp

Aji de Gallina Spring Roll: Classic Peruvian spring roll filled with creamy spicy pulled chicken, 
pecan and avocado aioli

Tuna Tiradito Nikkei: fresh sushi grade tuna marinated with ginger, soy sauce and cubes of fresh watermelon

Pulpo al Olivo: slices of octopus, Peruvian black olive puree, salsa criolla, avocado and toasted bread

Selva Wild Ceviche of fresh seasonal white fish with fresh lime, onion, cilantro, Cusco corn  and roasted camotes

Vicolo Pinot Grigio

Atun a la Parilla: Grilled sushi grade Ahi Tuna with pomegranate vinaigrette, jicama salsa and served with wok style vegetables

Mirin Roasted Chilean Sea Bass served with Cusco corn custard flan, sautéed bok chou and a black bean purée

New York Strip with truffle parmesan fries and port demi glaze

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