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Nao’s New Yucatan Menu – Launches July 8th!

Nao’s New Yucatan Menu – Launches July 8th!




Nao’s New Yucatan Menu Launches on Tuesday, July 8


Nao is excited to continue celebrating the cuisines of Latin America with the new Yucatan menu launching Tuesday, July 8. Nao diners have explored the flavors of Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Oaxaca, Peru, Venezuela, and the Spanish Caribbean through the restaurant’s Celebration of Cuisines program, and they will now step deep into the heart of southern Mexico. This Yucatan-inspired menu offers three courses for $42 and will run until Monday, September 8.


Chef Geronimo Lopez and the Culinary Institute of America San Antonio students will bring this region’s most celebrated flavors to Nao through a journey of cultural infusion. In the Yucatan, spicy Mexican chiles meld with cool Caribbean flavors often ending in a celebration of Mexican cacao. Many of Mexico’s most important dishes, techniques, and flavor combinations were born in the Yucatan, and Nao will commemorate this culinary hot-spot by transforming the restaurant through food and culture.


“This menu is truly representative of the Yucatan and you can taste the rich Mayan influence that remains intact in every dish,” says Chef Lopez. “Our goal is to give you a glimpse of that beautiful ancestral heritage through this dining experience.”


The special Yucatan tasting menu features an appetizer, main course and dessert for $42. The dinner begins with a choice between venison “tzic,” a crispy corn tostada with pickled onions, radishes, cilantro, and avocado; or a traditional pickled salad of lima beans, chayote and pearl onion “escabeche.” The menu continues with two main course options, the seafood “pibxcatic,” featuring stuffed chiles with crab meat, lobster knuckles, shrimp, tomato and “hojasanta” sauce; or roasted pork tenderloin served with black “recado” sauce, black bean relish, sweet plantain puree, goat cheese, and corn dumplings. For dessert, diners can enjoy a cacao nib “nicoatole,” a cacao-corn pudding served with sapote fruit ice cream and anise sauce.


Nao’s beverage manager, Tim Bryand, will hand-craft a Yucatan-inspired cocktail, the Ix Chel, to accompany this menu. The cocktail is made with Blanco Tequila, Yucatan Tangerine Liqueur, lime, orange, and Xtabentun spray.


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 is excited to announce that they will feature the Asian roots of Peru followed by Puerto Rico, the Amazon, the Gaucho Kitchen, Modern Mexico, and Venezuela – Caribbean Crossroads. Executive Chef Geronimo Lopez will guide guests through their exploration of cuisines with a culturally inspired culinary tour for each installment.


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 Tuesday to Thursday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Nao also offers a pop-up taco stand at the farmers’ market on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and happy hour on Tuesday to Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m, and on Friday and Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Nao is located at the Pearl at 312 Pearl Parkway. For more information, please Follow Nao on Facebook @NaoRestaurant and on Twitter @NaoRestaurant.

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July 16th, 2014