The Latin American-inspired cafe and bar with a subdued setting and catchy artwork Los Cavos is a treat for authentic Peruvian dishes and unique cocktails.
We visited the newly opened restaurant and bar in Bandra and got our hands on some of the most delightful and authentic dishes from Latin America. The restaurant is a contrast of fresh pastel hues on the outside and a dull setting with eye-pleasing artwork in the interiors serving some of the drinks from the roots of Peru.
The Artwork of the Ambience
After looking at the pastel walls from the outside with a combination of green, blue and pink, we were in for a happy interior. But as we entered the place, we had a contrasting setting in front of us with a darker room and a few lights. If you are in for a date or love moody surroundings this would make a perfect set-up for you. The colourful murals and the illuminating bar area went perfectly well with the muted interiors.
Cold and Hot Appetizers
After settling into one of the quiet corners of the room, we were warmly greeted by the staff. The very first dish to grace our table was the Mushroom Ceviche. The presentation of this appetizer, served in a black bowl with smoke wafting out, felt like a grand entrance. It featured an array of subtle and refreshing ingredients, including assorted mushrooms, avocado cream, coconut, and dill, making it a perfect cold appetizer.
Moving on to the hot selections, we savored the deep-fried baby Brussels sprouts, a delightful medley of sweet and tangy flavors like honey and lemon zest. While we eagerly awaited our main course, we indulged in the truffle potato fries, whose crispy and delicious taste tempted us to consider ordering them again had the main course been a few minutes late.
The Big Bites
Transitioning to heartier dishes, we opted for the Porcon & Mushroom Risotto, a creamy and filling delight that reached the pinnacle of perfection. The Portobello Steak, while slightly less flavorful and a touch bland on its own, found harmony when paired with the Veggie Chaufa Rice. This side dish, featuring assorted vegetables and scallions, complemented the steak with a well-balanced blend of soy and mustard sauce.
Our culinary journey took an interesting turn when Head Chef Rafael Estremadoyro García personally presented the Grilled Tofu Quinotto. Tender in taste with just the right amount of spices, though we found ourselves struggling a bit to break it down into smaller, more manageable morsels.
A Sip of Traditional Beverage
While we savored the food, the beverages refreshed our taste buds. The Picante was precisely balanced, with the right amount of tequila and a medley of additions like jalapeno, lemon, and agave nectar, creating a perfect burst of flavors. We also ventured into trying the traditional Peruvian Pisco-based cocktail, Chilcano. The bartender not only crafted the drink for us but also shared insights into its origin and the intricate process involved in making it. This unique experience introduced us to the spicy and bitter notes of this clear alcohol.
To conclude our dining experience, we indulged in scrumptious desserts featuring chocolate mousse and cheesecake. Both sweet treats were delightful, providing the perfect conclusion to a fulfilling and welcoming experience provided by the staff at Los Cavos. If you have an affinity for exploring new cuisines, a visit to this restaurant is highly recommended.