THE DISH: A new dawn for downtown with ZAMA Latin American Cuisine | Food stuff

Whilst your vacation ideas could be on keep, you can get pleasure from a culinary adventure by way of a new restaurant in downtown Bakersfield.

Opening Monday, ZAMA Latin American Cuisine will carry the flavors of Tulum and Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula to its delicacies and cocktails.

“Zama suggests dawn in Mayan, so the menu requires from Mayan cuisines, from Cancun to Guatemala to Peru, all the influences, inspired by our chef, Daniel Alvarez,” reported supervisor Johnny Diaz.

The chef-pushed menu leans seriously on seafood, with an assortment of appetizers as well as specialties Peruvian ceviche and aguachiles negros and a crimson snapper with a exclusive aioli sauce.

(The restaurant’s house owners also operate Bocados, the Mexican-impressed sushi bar on Coffee Road.)

“Regular chile relleno and moles are absolutely unique with our menu. Even our desserts are for our flan, we use goat milk instead of normal milk.”

Diaz reported together with new can take on classic dishes, there will be a little some thing for absolutely everyone such as vegans, vegetarians and pescatarians. Other dishes consist of queso fundido designed with mushrooms and poblano chiles, enchiladas, and rack of lamb.

Steakhouse lovers will be joyful to know ZAMA will offer you 7 various higher-end cuts which includes rib-eye, porterhouse and tomahawk.

And what goes greater with a steak than a cocktail? ZAMA’s libations will be lively and unique.

“We use a good deal of flavors, Latin American flavors,” Diaz mentioned. “Jamaica, tamarind, really tropical flavors that drop underneath our thought with a lot more emphasis on the sweet and bitter. The menu is hefty on mezcal and tequila.”

ZAMA has reworked the house that was previous The Mark with a lush, tropical vibe with touches this kind of as an overhead sea of greenery, stone partitions and upstairs dining nested with floral wall artwork. 

The restaurant has a main eating space, substantial lounge area that can host official dining as nicely as cocktail receptions and two scaled-down private dining parts that can seat 10 and 14, respectively. 

Later on up coming month, ZAMA will also open the adjacent patio area for outside eating. Lunch provider will also start off in mid-February.

As last preparations ended up underway for Monday’s opening, Diaz said absolutely everyone concerned is excited to carry this fresh eating thought to downtown Bakersfield. 

“When we’re hungry, we can go anyplace,” he said. “When we want an expertise, we go to this kind of cafe.”

“We’re here to develop recollections for every single one of our attendees.”

ZAMA Latin American Delicacies opens Monday at 1623 19th St. Dinner support is from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday by means of Wednesday and 4:30 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday.

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Observe her on Twitter: @realstefanidias.

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