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Nao New World Flavors

312 Pearl Pkwy., Ste. 2104 (Grayson St.) Send to Phone
The CIA’s student-staffed restaurant features Latin cuisines on a rotating basis, suggesting many repeat visits.
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Nao New World Flavors Restaurant Review

: Despite an initially unseasoned student staff, Nao, the Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio’s restaurant, hit the ground running with its adventuresome blend of Latin cuisines, inflected on a rotating basis by the flavors of a particular country being investigated at any given time. In the early weeks, diners were treated to the cooking of Brazil, Peru and Ecuador, all from a multi-course, tasting-style menu --- and if there were some misses among the many hits, there was no shortage of excitement due to the thrill of the new and unfamiliar. Peruvian ceviches and causitas (crab robed in purple potato), picadillo in plantain cones, jícama “tortillas” wrapped around mango and more, grilled baby octopus with a Caribbean bent --- even Mexican offerings that should be familiar locally --- upended expectations, though a Yucatecan snapper grilled in banana leaves wasn’t altogether convincing. A bar with Latin-accented cocktails --- a Pisco sour the way it should be made, for example --- complements the cuisine and adds to the lively atmosphere already created by exuberant décor and active acoustics.

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