Featured Restaurant: Cevichela

Location: 5110 Ocean Boulevard Siesta Key, Florida
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., closed Mondays, open until 11:00 p.m. on weekends

Some of the freshest and most delicious food in Latin America isn’t found in restaurants but at the street vendors that earn their living selling foods like ceviche, salads, tacos, sandwiches, and so many others. Now you can get this same cuisine on Siesta Key after a day at the beach!

Recently opened Cevichela brings some of these healthy and beloved Latin street food dishes to Siesta Key. It is now the place to go for authentic ceviche and various other fusion dishes that have been warmly accepted by the local community with rave reviews.

The restaurant is located in the Village Plaza adjacent to the local Chamber of Commerce and run by Chef Darwin Santa Maria. It sits in the former location of the Senor Siesta Restaurant which was also run by Chef Santa Maria.

Some of the exclusive menu options include several types of ceviche, Hawaiian-Peruvian poke, along with more traditional favorites like tacos, stir fry, salads and Cevichela’s signature take on a few traditional American entrees. You’ll also be able to sample refreshing locally brewed craft beers that are selected to pair perfectly with these flavorful Latin dishes.

What exactly is ceviche?

Ceviche a popular coastal South American dish made with freshly caught raw fish marinated in a variety of different seasonings that typically include lime juice or other citrus juices. The seafood is often served with chopped cilantro, onions, tomatoes, guacamole, peppers, and other vegetables like corn or sweet potatoes.

Ceviche can be prepared a variety of different ways depending on the region. Some of the common types of seafood that are served as ceviche include shrimp, salmon, Mahi, sea bass, halibut, snapper, tilapia, scallops, squid and octopus.

At Cevichela you’ll find many of these ceviche options with several unique marinade choices that are inspired from different regions. Ingredients that are used for the different marinades include lime juice, lemongrass, avocado, mango, ginger, seaweed, red peppers, jalapeno, and ginger, and the specifics for each marinade can be found on the menu.

Choose a fresh local fish, salmon or shrimp for the protein portion of the ceviche. There’s an option to order the ceviche by itself with a side of fresh lime spiced popcorn, or you can also order it in a bowl on top of jasmine-coconut rice, cilantro quinoa or mixed lettuce.

Be sure to try the Peruvian-Hawaiian fusion poke dishes at Cevichela

Poke originated in Hawaii and offers yet another way to enjoy fresh raw seafood with some similarities to ceviche. Cevichela’s Peruvian-Hawaiian fusion poke dishes feature raw or cooked seafood or seared beef on top of unique vegetable and sauce combinations.

Protein choices include raw tuna, salmon and octopus, or cooked lobster or beef. The protein is served on a variety of different mixed vegetable combinations with options that include avocado, plantain chips, black olives, scallions, white onions, red pepper, jalapeno, seaweed, cucumber, radishes, cherry tomatoes, and onions.

Some of the sauces available with the poke dishes include orange marinade, ginger soy sauce, Peruvian Salsa criolla, Aji limo, soy sauce and sesame oil depending on the menu item.

Plenty of traditional options to satisfy your taste buds

If you aren’t ready to make the leap into raw seafood quite yet, you’ll still find plenty of Latin American favorites at the restaurant including custom tacos where you design them just how you like, salads with the option of adding cooked fish, shrimp or chicken, customized stir fry dishes, and a variety of Chef’s specials including Cevichela’s version of wings, burgers, hot dogs, short ribs, and steak and eggs.

Check out Cevichela while exploring Siesta Village with its unique range of fusion dishes, craft beers and an incredible culinary experience you won’t find elsewhere!

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