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Warm Up! Spanish-Caribbean is on Nao’s Menu Thru Jan. 17

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Nao continues exploring new world flavors with the new Spanish-Caribbean menu that is available now until Jan. 17.

This is the third installment in Nao’s Celebration of Cuisines program, following Oaxaca and Peru.

NAO executive chef Geronimo Lopez brings tastes of Spanish-Caribbean to NAO.

NAO executive chef Geronimo Lopez brings tastes of Spanish-Caribbean to NAO.

Chef Geronimo Lopez will take guests on a culinary journey by blending multicultural influences and creating culinary riches full of flavor and history.

The cuisines of Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic are a wild mix of ingredients and techniques influenced by the cuisines of Spain, Africa, East India and China. Guests will be surrounded by and immersed in the music and art of the Spanish Caribbean culture while they enjoy this region’s delicious dishes served with a modern touch.

The special Spanish Caribbean prix fix menu features an appetizer, main course and dessert for $39. The dinner begins with a choice between Conch Fritter & Plantain with lobster veloute and spicy picked garlic; or Shrimp Ceviche “Coco y Mango” with tiger’s milk, gulf shrimp, fresh mango and toasted coconut flakes.

The prix fixe continues with a choice between Roasted Cobia Sofrito with fresh roasted filet, roasted Caribbean peppers and saffron rice stew; or Cubano Crispy Glazed Pork with a tangy citrus glaze, chopped roasted peanuts, black bean puree and slaw and onion escabeche. Dessert is  Zapote Cobbler with Caribbean “persimmon” fruit and fresh cream ice.

Nao’s new beverage manager, Tim Bryand, will be crafting a typical cocktail of the Spanish Caribbean region throughout this installment of the Celebration of Cuisines program. The Dark and Stormy is made with blackstrap molasses rum, velvet falernum, lime juice and house-made ginger beer.

Nelson Millan bongos

Guest musician, Nelson Millan (executive chef at San Antonio Country Club) adds a tropical sound on bongos at recent NAO event.

In the spirit of New World flavors, Nao will continue to introduce a new menu inspired by a Latin American country every six weeks. Coming up, Nao will feature Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Venezuela. Chef Lopez will guide guests through their exploration of cuisines with a culturally inspired culinary tour for each installment.

Located at the Pearl, at 312 Pearl Parkway, Nao is a restaurant and CIA classroom dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of the authentic cuisines, cultures and bounty of Latin America.

Nao is open for dinner on Monday to Saturday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Nao also offers a farmers market lunch on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Late Night at Nao on Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Pop-up Taco Stand at the farmers market on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Fire & Ice Happy Hours on Friday and Saturday from 5-7 p.m.

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