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Pisco Latin Lounge: A User's Guide
- Ceviche a la peruana with hamachi and sweet-potato chips
- Quinoa risotto balls with romesco salsa
- Parrillada platter with churrasco, lamb lollipops, and pork belly
- Pisco Punch with pineapple gomme and macerated pineapple
The Name: Pisco is a Peruvian grape brandy, popularized in San Francisco for its use in sweet punches.
The Chef: James Schenk’s mother is originally from Peru, and he draws on that culture to create menus at Pisco Latin Lounge and Destino, the larger restaurant next door.
Awards and Accolades
- The nation’s first dedicated pisco bar, according to Examiner.com
- Praised by Zagat for its “strong, innovative cocktails”
- Named one of the Top 10 Lounge Restaurants in the city by Gayot
Churrascaria: Brazilian-style barbecuing where the meat is skewered and cooked over an open flame or on a grill; the meat itself is called churrasco.
Gomme syrup: a simple-syrup-like mixture of sugar, water, and gum arabic, commonly used as a sweetener in mixed drinks.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Browse mid-century furnishings, collectibles, and apparel at Stuff (150 Valencia Street).
After: Belt out tunes at The Mint karaoke lounge (1942 Market Street).