Bites: Kutsi

LunaKutsi_015In an obscure, indigenous language of Mexico, “kutsi” means moon. It’s also a goddess, says Jannett Mendoza, and the name of her new restaurant, which opened in the space where Memphis once stood in the Santora Building in downtown Santa Ana.

The new cocina, lounge, and bar has a subtitle—The Art of Mexican Cuisine—and the stylish decor includes hanging lanterns, starburst light fixtures, and stunning tile work. The menu spotlights regional dishes from Baja to the Yucatan, such as chorizo clams, above; ceviche with shrimp, scallops, octopus, mango, and jalapeno; tequila-flamed giant prawns; pastor-style pork tacos with pineapple; pistachio steak milanesa with mole sauce and a drizzling of tequila chimichurri; and, for dessert, a chocolate tres-leches “martini” with strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, and mint. You’ll also find Baja wines, scores of tequilas, and cocktails such as the Mezcal Fashion with bitters and orange peel.

Starters and tacos, $8 to $10; soup and salad, $10 to $13; entrees, $9 to $23; sides, $3.50 to $5; and desserts, $8 to $11. 201 N. Broadway, Santa Ana,
714-564-1616, kutsirestaurant.com

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