I got the chance to try Peruvian food for the first time the other day. Verdict - pretty darn good. :-) The restaurant was called "Taste of Peru" and claims to be the best kept secret in Chicago. I'm not sure how much of a secret it really is though as it is about to appear on the show Dinner, Drive-ins, and Dives.
I love trying foods from different places around the world. In a world where we can't always be traveling trying foods from other cultures brings a little bit of that place to us.
What to drink? What to drink? Hmm... a purple corn and pineapple drink? Sign me up - one chicha morada please.
What to eat? What to eat? Oh man! It is always so hard deciding what to eat when you are at a new restaurant - and even more difficult when you are at a restaurant with a cuisine you have never tried before. I ended up going with the saltado de camarones
Here it is - the chicha morada and boy was it yummy!!! There is such as a thing as purple corn? Let me tell you what purple corn was new to me and I have to say this drink was lovely. In addition to the purple corn and pineapple this drink is spiced up with cinnamon and chives. Yum yum yum.
The meal started out with an avocado salad. It was a very tasty salad, all though I probably did not need such a big salad with my main entree still yet to come. Live and learn.
I believe this dish was called pollo de vino??? This is the dish my friend ordered. I tried a piece of the chicken and I have to say it was pretty good.
Saltados de camarones: I was a bit surprised when this arrived. I didn't realize the dish would come with rice as I knew it came with french fries. Well ladies and gentlemen, it came with both, and let's just say that was not a bad thing.
A close up shot of one of the shrimp. They cut it down the middle and it ends up cooking up a bit swirly.
Alfajores!!! Mmmm mmm mmm, short bread cookie with caramel filling and dusted with powdered sugar. I really enjoyed this dessert. I could taste some of the same spices used to make the chicha morada, very lovely and not too sweet.
Here is the evidence that "Taste of Peru" may not be Chicago's best kept secret for long. Spray painted on the wall is the evidence that Guy Fieri has visited the restaurant for an upcoming episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.
So, boys and girls, if you are in Chicagoland and looking to try something new why not give Peruvian food a shot and check out Taste of Peru.