|Ceviche at Pisco|
We stumbled into the soft opening last week. Literally the first day. They had intended to just have friends and family while the kitchen started up, but they offered us seats if we wanted to try.
They missed some cylinders on the first night, but, again, they had said it was a soft opening and discounted everything 50%. Among several dishes, we tried two ceviches, which are the Peruvian specialty that would bring us back again and again. Fresh-tasting flavorful marinades on both dishes. I assume that it is tricky to slice fish like I've had with excellent ceviche where it isn't chewy, and I'm sure that practice will let them improve.
We had a cool appetizer that was a composed ring of mashed potato, egg and what seemed like shrimp. We also tried the grilled heart. By which I mean, I ate the grilled heart -- antichucos -- because Mrs. HowChow passes on organ meat. One of the skewers was perfect, grilled on the outside and moist inside. Peruvian is a terrific cuisine because the building blocks are similar to lots of European or Latin American food, but you get all kinds of different flavors and dishes. We'll go back and write in more detail when they're really running for business.
I don't know if Pisco is still in a soft open or if the grand opening happened this weekend. This looked like a great place for a drink. I imagine a lot of dates and ladies night with the decor and menu. The outdoor seating is pretty, and a classic parking lot cafe -- the indigenous Howard County experience -- as you can see below.
(Update: I removed mention of Xitomate. That's owned by the folks who run Azul 17. The Facci-Pisco empire is separate.)
6630 Marie Cure Drive
Elkridge, MD 21075
NEAR: Pisco is in the shopping center with Perfect Pour and Trader Joe's. This is at Rte 175 and Rte 108. The post office says that is Elkridge. Then it is right across from street from Columbia.