Pasion, the upscale Latin fusion restaurant in the former Cozumel and Black Swan space, opens on Feb. 17. The restaurant, at 153 Elmwood Ave., will start serving dinner at 4 p.m.
Owner Yeslin Greason and Chef Manuel Cruz are offering a slate of dishes and drinks that are Cuban-centric but draw from other Latin American cuisines as well. It’s a menu for people who miss eating in Miami. The 70-seat restaurant will also feature custom cocktails, with Josh Campbell leading the beverage program.
Appetizers include Cuban favorites like salted codfish fritters, ham croquettes and beef turnovers, but also Venezuelan arepas, corn cakes stuffed with shredded beef, and Peruvian potatoes in an aji amarillo chile cheese sauce. Seafood includes a whole fried fish, served with avocado salad, Peruvian-inspired ceviche, and Jonah crab claws.
There’s a Cuban sandwich, of course, but also one of pounded-out steak topped with garlic, tomato and matchsticked fried potatoes. Entrees include Cuban ground beef (picadillo) and shredded beef (ropa vieja) stews, grilled skirt steak with chimichurri, and a sort of Cuban shrimp etouffee.
Greason, wife of local Mexican restaurateur Sergio Mucino (Don Tequila, Agave, El Agave, La Divina tacqueria and grocery), took over the space after Black Swan closed in September.
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