Guests will be Inspired by the Food at this Authentic Costal Mexican Restaurant
One of the most inspiring and creative Lent menus I have come across in the San Antonio area is at Costa Pacifica. The chef here is constantly inspired to literally create new dishes as he works. Dishes so good, they end up staying on the menu. He loves coming up with new specials and everything I tried is spot-on.
Don’t be expecting your typical Tex-Mex food when you come here either because that’s not what Costa Pacifica is about. The menu is chef driven coastal delights created to tantalize your taste buds. In addition to innovative new chef specials, many items on their regular menu are treasured family recipes handed down through generations. You will find a few Tex-Mex items on the menu but this restaurant wants you to venture out of your perceived vision of the Mexican cuisine and try some of the real Mexican food that speaks of their rich culture.
First stop, the cocktail menu which is filled with concoctions that will have you dreaming of your next trip to The Riviera Maya. My choice was definitely a Margarita and I let the Pacifica whisk me away. Crafted with Milagro Reposado Tequila, Ancho Reyes, fresh lime juice, agave nectar with just a splash of orange juice, I was already at the pool cabana soaking in the rays.
Of course you would expect some ceviche at a Mexican restaurant that specializes in costal seafood, right? With so many choices of ceviche dishes here at Costa Pacifica you can actually choose the one that appeals to you. The choice at our table tonight was the Jalapeno ceviche. Small pieces of white fish entwined with tomato, onions, cilantro and infused with jalapeno and all cooked in lime juice packed some heat but in a really good way. Topped with carrots and diced avocado, you won’t be able to back away from this dish until it’s gone.
Tuna Carpaccio, a platter of thin sliced tuna marinated with a zesty sauce made of capers, cilantro, lime, soy, Serrano peppers and spices, then topped with thinly sliced cucumber, red onion and carrots, came highly recommended and now I am highly recommending it. This dish, in one word, was amazing. The chef recommends eating the tuna on saltine crackers and so do I.
The Flamin Hot Shrimp Tacos are another must. This creative dish won’t turn your fingers orange but it will have your taste buds loving the spicy crunch. Fresh shrimp coated in Flamin Hot® Cheetos® nestled in a house-made corn tortilla with a coleslaw of cabbage, pico de gallo, sour cream and chipotle for a hint of heat, is great even if you aren’t a Cheetos® lover. This is a limited menu item so be sure to get it while it’s hot!
I am a Mole lover so when I see Mole on the menu I have to have it. Mole is a favorite sauce for many dishes and it’s list of ingredients is a mile long. Some of those are, of course, chilies and spices but also things like sesame paste and dark chocolate. Yes, chocolate! The thing about Mole is there are as many varieties of Mole as there are people in Mexico. Every family has their own recipe and they each believe theirs is the best. And I pretty much agree with all of them. Costa Pacifica’s Mole was a rich, dark brown with a hint of red which means it was heavier on the chocolate with a lighter touch on the chilies. This was a perfect sauce to complement the delicate shrimp, not overwhelm them. All served over a bed of house rice, these grilled, plump shrimp were magnífico.
Tiki Rice, a speciality the owner’s wife came up with, starts with Costa Pacificia’s house-made rice dressed up with a creamy chipotle Tiki sauce. Add to that fresh gulf shrimp and melted cheese and you have a Lent special that is sure to please any kid, or adult, in the house. This dish isn’t spicy so it’s good for delicate palates.
Desserts aren’t to be forgotten at Costa Pacifica and you will find some new and interesting ones here, making for some tough choices. Would it be the Pastel de Elote recommended by the General Manager or the owner’s favorite, Flan de Elote. I had to go with Pastel de Elote after I was told this was the chef’s grandmother’s recipe. This sweet cornbread drizzled with chocolate was dense, moist and lightly sweet. Served warm with vanilla ice cream and dusted with cinnamon, I didn’t leave a morsel. Again I highly recommend this dish.
**Full Disclosure: I received dinner in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are totally mine.
This review was done at the Dominion location.
Costa Pacifica has two locations in San Antonio:
434 N. Loop 1604 West. Ste. 2101
San Antonio, TX 78232
Phone: (210) 491-1378
23535 I-10 West Ste. 3001
San Antonio, TX 78257
Phone: (210) 562-3571
Sunday – Wednesday
11:00AM – 10:00PM
Thursday – Saturday
11:00AM – 12:00AM