795 Main Street
The outside of Cuchi Cuchi is decorative and inviting, with trees and Christmas lights adorning the entrance. Every time I pass by, I always have an urge to go in and join the party. Not surprisingly, the inside is just as cozy and welcoming as the outside suggests.
A Night at Cuchi Cuchi
My friend Kelly and I went to dine at Cuchi Cuchi and were seated on the left side of the dining room, right against a window. The inside of the restaurant emulates “the age of Old World Beauty and early Hollywood,” and showcases floral patterns, colored glass, and stunning pieces of art. The servers were all dressed to the nines and friendly as could be. We knew we were in for a treat.
The menu at Cuchi Cuchi has an international theme, representing dishes from multiple countries as well as some fusion dishes. The dishes are considered “straight up” smaller plates, and guests are urged to order a bunch of these to share with their table. Their food is not considered tapas though, because as the restaurant puts it, tapas are from Spain, and they prefer to globe trot.
To start, Kelly and I split the Caribbean Soup and the Latin American Scallop Ceviche Shot. The Caribbean soup was tomato based with other veggies included as well, and had a touch of sriracha to give it a little kick.
It was extremely flavorful with just the right amount of spice, not too much that it was jarring to eat. We both could have had multiple helpings of the soup. The Scallop Ceviche Shot came served in a shot glass on a bed of salt rocks, and was the perfect appetizer portion – just a shot, not a lot.
For our main courses, Kelly ordered the Tuna Lavash, a fusion dish, and the Japanese Tsukune. I ordered the Guatemalan Seafood-filled Avocado and the Italian Bracioletta Ripiena di Maiale. The names may not suggest what the dishes contain, but each dish had a detailed description below its name on the menu, and so we knew exactly what we were getting.
The Tuna Lavash was essentially a tuna wrap that came in four quarters, which Kelly loved so much that she took part of it home to save for later. The Tsukune was made up of four meatball-sized balls of chicken on top of marinated shiitake mushrooms, topped with avocado mousse and accompanied by a small seaweed salad. Each flavor of the dish worked together beautifully, and the avocado mousse was an interesting and delicious touch that you don’t see very often.
For my dishes, the Seafood-filled Avocado came arranged as half an avocado filled with seafood, with the other half of the avocado standing up against it and sliced in a decorative manner. The presentation was beautiful, and I almost didn’t want to ruin it by eating it, but that would have been a mistake because the dish was fabulous.
The seafood filling contained lobster tail, octopus, shrimp, scallops, and crab meat mixed into a salsa. The sharp, flavorful seafood and the softer flavor of the avocado were a great pairing, and the salsa provided a sweet touch.
When I was finished with the dish there wasn’t a crumb left on the plate. The Italian Bracioletta Ripiena di Maiale was grilled pork rolled around Pecorino Romano cheese, sauteed garlic, and arugula, and wrapped in pancetta.
The plate came with four pieces so Kelly and I could each have two. Despite the dish including a lot of rich flavors, such as the cheese and the pancetta, we were not overwhelmed with too much flavor, and the pork was cooked beautifully.
Room for Dessert
We ordered a lot of food, but because of Cuchi Cuchi’s wonderful idea of small, share-able plates we still had a little room for some dessert. Kelly and I decided to split the Tartufo, a chocolate-coated gelato ball.
The dessert had three different kinds of gelato, chocolate, pistachio, and strawberry, with two maraschino cherries inside. It had been split into two halves, perfect for sharing, and we each took a half. The three different flavors of gelato all encased in a chocolate shell made for a heavenly sweet street that we devoured within minutes.
By the time we left, we had eaten delicious food from Italy, Guatemala, Latin America, and Japan, been treated wonderfully by friendly staff, and had a wonderful evening in the trendy, personal, and definitely unique Cuchi Cuchi.
Cuchi Cuchi Map & Directions
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