Lengthy restaurant menus arouse suspicion. Can you really feel confidence in, say, the fish and chips when they share a menu with enchiladas, pancakes and fettuccine alfredo?
Pollito Con Papas II, a new restaurant in Nob Hill, presents no such problem. It serves Peruvian chicken and potatoes, and that’s about it. There are seven entrees, and a few appetizers and sides. There is no flipping through a binder of menu pages. In fact, you don’t even get a menu – you consult the one set under the plastic table cover at your seat.
The original Pollito con Papas opened on Gibson seven years ago and quickly established a loyal following among the Kirtland Air Force Base crowd. The success of the original, lunchtime-only spot inspired the owners to open a second location recently on the south side of Central across from the Nob Hill Bar and Grill. The menu is the same, but the new place is open through dinner and is in the process of getting a liquor license.
Pollito con Papas II occupies a detached, pitched-roof structure that was formerly home to Sushi & Sake and a Korean barbecue house. It’s a great location, with lots of natural light and a good-sized patio on the east side. The interior has been made over to mirror the white-walls-with-red-trim design scheme of the original location.