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By the Numbers: Peruvian Cuisine

It’s no secret that Peruvian gastronomy is trending in South Florida. Digest Miami took on the delicious task of sampling dishes throughout the city to select the following top ten Peruvian dining options.



1 Pisco y Nazca

8405 Mills Drive, #260, Miami, FL 33183

Chicha Morada Pisco Sour - Pisco Cuatro Gallos, fresh lime juice, sugar, pasteurized egg white (photo courtesy Pisco y Nazca)

This new Peruvian hotspot is now open in the Palms at Town & Country in Kendall. Pisco y Nazca is led by the same team responsible for the very popular Bulla Gastrobar in Coral Gables. Expect authentic ingredients , some indigenous only to Peru, such as rocoto, aji amarillo and aji panca peppers. Piquant peppers are commonly used in standout dishes including ceviches ($7-$22) and in show-stopping entrees like the Pescado Entero (whole snapper for two) ($42). The bar receives the same amount of respect and attention to detail as the kitchen when it comes to creating hand-crafted cocktails such as the Chicha Morada Pisco Sour. Read more about Pisco y Nazca here.



2 Dr. Limon

13766 SW 84th Street, Miami, FL 33183

Chef Carlos Brescia (photo courtesy of Dr. Limon)

Dr. Limon will prescribe you with innovative cures for your hunger and thirst. Led by Chef Carlos Brescia, everything from the white decor, servers' uniforms, dishes and cocktails are designed to mimic a medical institution. Start your experience with a dose of leche de tigre and select a sangria from the "Transfusiones" menu. Move onto Nuestros Colegas Recomiendan (Our Colleagues’ Recommendations) and order The Ginecólogo ceviche - black clams and aji limo pepper, an indigenous pepper with a citrus-spice flavor. Request a sweet prescription to discharge you ("Para Darte De Alta") and end your visit on a sweet note with decadent desserts. Dr. Limon does not accept reservations, but walk-ins are always welcome. You can contact the restaurant by calling 305-382-9204.



3 Coya Miami

999 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131


Coya Miami takes exotic influences from ancient Peru and the Mediteranean in their menu offerings. The adventurous eater will love the Anticuchos Tradicional. Ox heart is marinated in aji panca, a red pepper indigenous to the coast of Peru that is flavorful, yet mild in heat with a bright red, pasty consistency. The skewers are then fired on a charcoal grill. Decadent menu options are enjoyed among Coya's beautifully adorned antique furnishings and lush fabrics. Guests have the option to dine in the luxurious main dining room, sip on a Pisco Royal in their casual pisco lounge or mingle with the Brickell business crowd inside the exclusive member’s lounge. Coya Collective hosts an array of weekly live music, art exhibitions, book readings and cultural events in the private lounge. Click here to schedule a reservation.



4 La Mar by Gaston Acurio

Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Avenue, Brickell Key, FL 33131

Waterfront Dining (photo courtesy of La Mar)

Located waterfront inside of the Mandarin Oriental, La Mar offers a diverse menu amid captivating views. Guests are invited to sit in the elegant indoor dining room or al fresco at their choice of two outdoor seating areas. An inviting bar greets guests with a broad range of Peruvian pisco classics. Catch a glance of Executive Chef Diego Oka in action through the open kitchen concept of the Anticucho Bar - a grilling station preparing dishes reminiscent of traditional Peruvian street food. Ceviches and sushi are prepared with Japanese influences including Causa Nikkei, tuna tartare topped with whipped Peruvian yellow potato, rocoto pepper, sweet chili sauce, avocado, and nori. Click here to schedule a reservation.



5 33 Kitchen

3915 Commodore Plaza, Miami, FL 33133

This newest Peruvian concept in Miami will pique your palate with local ingredients sourced daily. Chef Sebastian Fernandez and wife Leslie, transformed Coconut Grove’s former Bombay Darbar into a vibrant modern space, accented with details Fernandez constructed himself. Expect traditional dishes at '33' such as ceviche prepared with fish caught that day while other Peruvian favorites are infused with subtle touches of Fernandez’s Chilean roots. A sizable selection of local craft beer and outrageously delicious desserts make this a top pick.



6 Divino Ceviche

2629 NW 79th Avenue, Doral, FL 33122


Executive Chef Christian Encalada helms the Divino Ceviche kitchen incorporating his love of culinary fusion and the various pillars of gastronomy. Encalada's modern approach to Peruvian cuisine brings forth extraordinary flavor combinations to impress his guests. The Ceviche Divino ($14.99) is prepared with mahi, shrimp and calamari. To enhance this dish, Chef Encalada adds avocado, mango and a touch of heavy cream yielding a sweet, tangy and well balanced dish. If that isn’t enough to reel you in, Divino Ceviche Doral features Happy Hour Monday – Friday from 4PM to 7PM with half-off wine, sangria, pisco and Peruvian craft beer. Darwin’s Brewing Company in Bradenton crafts specialty beer with Peruvian ingredients like quinoa and our favorite, chicha (purple corn). Reservations can be made by calling 305-406-2345.



7 CVI.CHE 105

105 NE 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132

CVI.CHE 105 Dining Room (photo courtesy of CVI.CHE 105)

CVI.CHE 105 downtown location continues to be a local favorite for over 7 years. Hosting a lively ambiance on any given day, this comfortable and modern venue allows guests to imbibe with sophistication. Experience a variety of popular ceviches with the Tetra de Ceviches platter including virgin cream, yellow pepper cream, anconero and rocoto cream. The cream refers to the leche de tigre; virgin being the mildest, yellow pepper turns it up a notch, anconero features the flavorful aji limo pepper and the rocoto has a kick that is truly out of this world Click here to schedule a reservation.



8 GK Bistronomie

218 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33127

Grouper Tiradito

GK Bistronomie, a chic concept led by Chef/Partner Rafael Perez, pays homage to Peruvian cuisine to satiate all of our sensory cravings. Located across from Wynwood Walls, guests are greeted through a charming garden alley with a bar that extends into the industrial loft-like interior of the restaurant. Each section of the menu features two or three classic Peruvian dishes, but our favorite options are those imbued with a little twist. Grouper Tiradito ($14) is served with a parmigiano reggiano cream instead of the usual aji amarillo, a common yellow pepper sauce. Crisp calamari ($15) are tossed with Thai chili and served on a bed of green mango. Cocktails are presented with innovative combinations of herbs, spices and fresh tropical fruits to further tease our senses. Read more about GK Bistronomie in Wynwood.



9 Merkado 31 by Cholo's

1127 NE 163rd Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33162

Pulpo a La Parilla (photo courtesy of Merkado 31)

Don Manuel Verástegui and his daughter Evelyn Verastegui-Padilla along with Chef/Partner Fabricio Pareja, rebranded and re-opened what used to be Cholo’s as Merkado 31. Like Cholo’s, the emphasis remains on quality ingredients, sourced from the best markets or “Merkados”, local and overseas. The "31" is a tribute to the date of birth of Chef Fabricio’s son. Some of Cholo’s original dishes remain on the menu, such as the Shrimp Papardelle made with homemade pasta, creamy rocoto sauce and shrimp flambeed in Peruvian Pisco. One of their newest additions is the Pulpo a la Parilla, octopus slow cooked for one full hour until it's melt-in-your-mouth tender. Reservations can be made by calling 305-947-3338.



10 La Perla

13742 SW 152nd St., Miami, Florida 33177

Jalea

A family owned and operated business hailing from Lima, Peru, La Perla in Country Walk, offers South Floridians inventive cuisine, attentive service and a friendly atmosphere. Chef Humberto Oblitas' goal is to infuse Peru’s ethnic mix of influencers, such as the Incas, Spanish conquistadores, Chinese and Japanese immigrants into La Perla's cuisine. One of our favorite dishes is the shareable Jalea Mixta. White fish, squid, shrimp and mussels are seasoned with salt pepper and a hint of lime, lightly dredged in cornmeal flour and deep fried before being garnished with a pickled red onion salsa. Reservations can be made by calling (786)293-7101.


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