A Latin Twist At Perfecto Mundo
If you like food with a twist, Perfecto Mundo in Commack is the place to go.
The Latin-fusion restaurant is under the management of a proud and hands-on owner, Liz Keschl.
Keschl grew up in City Island, a restaurant community, where she got started in the business.
When you walk into Perfecto Mundo, you are welcomed by a friendly staff and feel the warm ambiance of the restaurant’s décor. There are colorful wooden cutouts on the walls and red light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. The wooden chairs and tables, along with booth seating across the right wall, add to the cozy environment.
The food is excellent. According to Keschl, the Dos Equis Beer Steamed P.E.I. Mussels ($12) are a customer-favorite appetizer. The mussels are matched with grilled chorizo (South American sausage), sofrito (Latin sauce), roasted corn, lime, cilantro, and warm ciabatta.
Keschl insisted we try the Grilled Argentinean Skirt Steak ($24), Coriander Crusted Pork Tenderloin ($23), and the Chipotle-Orange BBQ Glazed Tilapia ($23) as main courses. We would recommend them all.
The steak is paired with Latin fried rice, a sunny egg, classic chimichurri (Argentinean sauce), and Cuban “haystack” potatoes. The pork tenderloin came with grilled linguica (Portuguese pork sausage), roasted corn-jack cheese masa cake, hot house tomato and sweet coconut salad, and spicy coconut broth. The tilapia is paired with black Thai rice, two cabbage slaw, orange mango salsa, and coconut-lime emulsion.
Not only is each meal delicious, but they are also beautifully presented, bursting with flavor as well as color.
“Liz [Keschl] gives me free reign on specials. We work together to create them. Maybe I’ll think of a recipe and she will give me input on the presentation,” said chef Richard Hass.
According to Keschl, good food is not enough to make it in the restaurant business, so Wednesday night, Friday night, and Saturday night she brings in live music.
“Music is a really big part of the restaurant,” Keschl said. “Last Saturday night I had someone here and the entire dining room was singing with them. It’s a place where people come and they walk in the door and everyone’s smiling from the dining room to the staff.”
Perfecto Mundo has daily deals such as Taco Tuesday and Wild-Wing Wednesday. On Thursday, a three-course price-fixe menu is offered at $24.95.
Some more perks of this gem include a “Healthy Choice Menu” as well as many gluten-free options. According to Keschl, 85 percent of the menu is gluten-free.
in the Northgate Shopping Center
1141 Jericho Turnpike, Commack