On Sunday, Husband and I were running around doing errands for the new house. Since neither of us had breakfast (bad habit), we decided to try out La Sirena Grill in El Segundo since we were in the area.
When we walked in, the place was about half full. We were quickly seated and presented with a basket of just-made tortilla chips and some spicy green salsa which I enjoyed. The heat was enough to make my lips a little tingly by the time our meal was over.
Husband, about to face a few hours of shopping, went straight for some booze and ordered a pomegranate margarita. Since one of us had to stay sober to drive and make wise purchases, I just stuck with my usual water.
La Sirena’s menu isn’t very extensive and lists items that sound more fusion than your classic Mexican fare. They claim to use fresh and quality ingredients like grass-fed beef; the prices reflect the use of better quality ingredients. There were also advertisements on the table touting happy hour specials throughout the week as well as tequila tastings. A menu listed quite a few varieties…
On the appetizer menu, I spotted a porcini and truffle quesadilla served with a salad of baby arugula ($9). Sold! Asking about the size, I decided that it wouldn’t be enough for a meal so I also got the cerviche ($10). Husband went for carne asada enchiladas with red sauce ($14-ish, carne asada was extra I think…).
The quesadilla was fantastic. The porcini mushrooms were earthy and the chewy texture went well with the crisp tortilla. I really enjoyed the flavor of this and would totally order this plate again. Yes, it’s not very “Mexican” but tasty is tasty…
The cerviche was a little disappointing. While it had a generous portion of scallops, shrimp and avocado, I was hoping for a more tangy flavor, more acidity. I got that when I reached the bottom of the plate but the top was just…meh. Perhaps mixing it up to get the juices from the bottom to coat the top may help next time. A little hard to do on such a small plate but worth a try. I could always ask for a bowl, I suppose.
The service was great. I never once had to ask for a refill on water; the waiter was very ninja about keeping it filled.
Overall, a positive first dining experince at La Sirena Grill. I’m sure Husband and I will be back as the Happy Hour specials piqued our interest.
3 1/2 NOMs for La Sirena Grill!
La Sirena Grill
710-D Allied Way
El Segundo, CA 90245
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