SoFi seafood lovers officially have a new spot to call their own. Bar Crudo is now open at 40 South Pointe Drive, and it is doling out ocean delicacies like snapper ceviche, beet-cured hamachi and shrimp crostini.
From crab to cocktails, the cozy cafe was the brainchild of owners Andy Travaglia and Ken Ray of Maso Hospitality Group, who say they're focused on farm-to-table produce and sustainable seafood.
"Bar Crudo is bringing our unique concept of modern coastal cuisine to South of Fifth," said co-owner Andy Travaglia. "The focus of the menu is on fresh ingredients from the sea and earth. We are embracing our neighborhood by creating a spot for people to gather with friends for conversation and sharing small plates with craft cocktails or a selection from the well-curated wine list."
The menu includes concoctions like gazpacho with cucumber sorbet and daikon; octopus, ahi amarillo and sweet potato ceviche and crab, jicama and black garlic sushi rolls. There are also crostinis, salads, charcuterie and cheeses and desserts.
Travaglia weighed in on her favorite eats.
"It's hard to chose one but I am fond of the scallop. It is refreshing and a flavor adventure. The process is a two-hour vacuum pickled U8 scallop served over orange infusion with lemon grass, fennel seeds, and coriander, then garnished with micro sorrel, popcorn shoots and basil oil."
Meat eaters should go for the beef, he says.
"If you love meat you must try Chef Reto Von Weissenfluh's beef carpaccio. It is thinly sliced strip loin dressed with salt, cracked black pepper and olive oil. Topped with lightly pickled cucumber, carrots, and jicama and smoke with apple wood black tea and dehydrated orange zest."
They've also got a full menu of signature cocktail selections, from a lavender martini and a strawberry basil lemonade to a pineapple ginger mojito and a mezcal mule.
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As far as atmosphere, the spot features vintage nudes adorning the walls along with a mural by Blender. If you're itching for some ocean-sourced eats, they're open from Thursday through Monday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.-ish at 40 South Pointe Drive.
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