Saturday night the gang tried out a new restaurant in South Tampa, Terra Sur, taking up residence in The Fox's former location. Since the days of The Fox, the decor hadn't changed much, a little wood was added to soften the room, the lighting seemed a bit brighter and the new art was beautiful and abstract. As a Peruvian duo began to play classic Latino songs on their guitars, we scanned the double sided menu. The names of the dishes on the menu were in Spanish but the descriptions were in English. The combinations were unfamiliar, even intimidating in some cases for a few in our party... for me, it was just an adventure I could hardly wait to embark on!
We started our meals with various Peruvian fusion cocktails, my choice being the more traditional Pisco Sour. Our group of six ordered at least 8 appetizers and ceviches that we all shared. The papa a la huacienda (boiled potatoes with spicy cheese sauce) was good but what was even better was the fried yucca served with the huacienda (spicy cheese sauce)! That yucca was the best fried yucca I had ever had... It had to have been fresh, never frozen. The ceviche was excellent and I was glad they served it with the leche de tigre ('tigers milk' which is the the leftover marinade). The appetizers were great and the entrees even better, with Asian and European elements found in many of the dishes. Seafood seemed to have a heavy influence on the menu, as well as the aji amarillo chile pepper, which our Peruvian friend Carlos and his family simply call the yellow pepper. All the food we had at Terra Sur was fresh, beautifully presented and full of flavor.
|Pisco Sour (half drank)|
|Mashed potatoes mixed with the yellow pepper and layered with chicken salad|
|Papa alla Huacienda (boiled potatoes with room temperature cheese sauce made with the yellow pepper)|
|Mixed ceviche y leche de tigre|
|Cevice a la Casa (Spicy fish ceviche)|
|Mozzarella wrapped in a wonton and fried, served with a side of guacamole (So yummy!)|
|Steak fried rice... Egg, scallion, hint of lime and tender filet mignon pieces|
|Fried mixed seafood entree|