I had a surprisingly yummy birthday lunch at Sirena yesterday; as some of you may have read on my inquiry about Beach Tavern, I was looking for a spot where we’d have a good water view, but was going with people who enjoy good food but don’t necessary care about it the way I do. Hadn’t been to Sirena in years, but it seemed like a good (enough) choice and it truly turned out to be a good one.
We had a table at the window in the main dining room, so view? CHECK! Stunning. We were even surprised by a small polar bear plunge at one point…about 50 people jumped in and out rather quickly; not sure which group sponsored it, but I’d say those folks were committed, as it was COLD yesterday!
For apps, we shared the beet/ricotta salata salad, grilled octopus w/potato, red onion, arugula, olives, and hazelnut romesco, and the (fried) calamari, which was ordered because it also included fennel, zucchini, and lemon. When that platter of calamari+ arrived we were all stunned. HUGE portion, everything was perfectly fried (including, I’m told, the BLEAH-olives), and we tackled it. My only complaint was 1-2 tentacles that were a little tough, but I blame the squid, not the kitchen. The octo was also delicious, albeit a tad salty for my taste, but a very good dish indeed–and one friend who had never tried octopus loved it, so I’m always happy to help create another convert!
For entrees there were two orders of risotto–with butternut squash and rock shrimp, a fig/goat cheese/caramelized onion pizza (flatbread style w a crisp crust), and I had the cacio e pepe. Let’s be clear–if I order a pasta dish more than twice a year, it’s unusual. This was beautifully al dente and as full of pepper as it should be–which isn’t always the case. Not sure if the pasta was fresh or not, but it wasn’t heavy, and I maaaaay have had some of it for breakfast this morning w 2 runny eggs. I tasted the other dishes and can also say that the risotto was beautifully prepared, and the pizza was yummy as well.
We shared three desserts: flourless choc cake (we replaced the pistachio gelato w/raspberry sorbet), the lemon tart, and an apple tart that was done in a phyllo cup. I’m really not a big sweet eater, but it was all delicious and we did a good job of clearing most of that plate as well.
Separate of it being a lovely experience (service was terrific, btw) with close friends, it was a wonderful surprise to find that the food far exceeded what I anticipated. I’ll definitely go back for their happy hour during the off-season.