CHICAGO | La Sirena Clandestina, which translates to ‘hidden mermaid’ in Portuguese, is inspired by the dark and cozy beach restaurants scattered along coastal Brazil. Head chef and owner John Manion drew upon influences from his childhood in São Paulo, as well as subsequent travels throughout South America and the Caribbean, to design the West Loop restaurant’s concept and menu.
No matter what time of the day, La Sirena Clandestina serves up Latin fare to satisfy Chicagoans. For lunch, signature sodas can be paired with ceviche or a sandwich – we favor the Brazilian beef smoked tri-tip sandwich with spiced beef jus, giardinera, and aged cheddar. The house-made spiced chips are the perfect light garnish. Dinner consists of small plates to be shared; a Midwestern flare on traditional Brazilian favorites and some staples that are made to the tradition of the original recipe. The menu is ever-changing, but make sure to try the whole fish prepared nightly, variety of empanadas, and the pão de queijo Brazilian cheese bread. For dessert, the alfajor shortbread cookies with dulce de leche are not to be missed.
On Sundays, head over for brunch dishes including a banana cinnamon roll with a rum pineapple glaze to satisfy a sweet tooth or the chilaquiles with fried plantains, salsa verde, chihuahua cheese and egg for those looking for something savory. Pair with an espresso or Maria Sangrenta, a Brazilian twist on the Bloody Mary.
La Sirena serves up local craft beers as well as Mexican and Brazilian selections. Craft cocktails are on point; the caipirinha, pisco sour, and signature drinks transport you to a tropical destination and will have you thinking about booking a flight for your next tropical adventure.
La Sirena Clandestina
954 W Fulton Market
Telephone: 312 226 5300
Mon – Thu: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Fri: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Sat: 4:00pm to 11:00pm
Sun: 10:00am – 10:00pm