Ceviche at La Mar, in Mandarin Oriental, Miami
By Kara Franker
Book a table at one of the top Peruvian restaurants in Miami.
The epitome of eclectic fusion cuisine, Peruvian food is all about fresh ingredients, often seafood. And tastes draw from a variety of international cultures like Incan, Japanese and Spanish. Here are some of Miami’s best Peruvian restaurants.
Nestled inside the five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel on Brickell Key, La Mar by Gastón Acurio features cuisine by celebrity chef Gastón Acurio. With dramatic water views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline as the backdrop, dine on everything from upscale novo-Andean fare to Asian-Peruvian fusion and traditional seafood ceviche and freshly grilled antichuchos. Try classics including “Piqueo Frio” with ceviche mixto, causa cangrejo and seafood jalea, as well as the“Piqueo Caliente” with anticucho de corazon, aji de gallina empanadas and yuca. 500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, 305.913.8358.
A favorite urban hotspot for the locals, Coya Miami on Brickell features mouthwatering cuisine by one of London’s finest chefs, Sanjay Dwivedi. Shimmy up to the Pisco Bar to knock down a few house-made piscos and then nosh on classics like the Pescado Local Clasico with Trigger fish, red onions, sweet potatoes and white corn. The members-only club with it’s impressive artwork and rotating list of live music acts is definitely a place to see and be seen in Miami. 999 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305.415.9990.
Having recently opened in November 2015, Pisco y Nazca is located at the The Palms at Town & Country plaza in Kendall. Executive Chef Miguel Fernandez, formerly of Gastón Acurio’s La Mar in San Francisco, leads an all-star culinary team, comprised of Chef Partner Ryan Smith, previously Executive Chef at Barton G, and Sous Chefs Fernando Salazar and Michael Elias from sister restaurant, Bulla Gastrobar in Coral Gables. With 10 different ceviches, Pisco y Nazca exceeds a typical ceviche menu. Try the “Nikkei” with ahi tuna, mirin, soy sauce wasabi peas, cucumbers, chanchaca leche de tigre and wonton-sesame crips. Additional locations are set to open in Doral in 2016. 8405 Mills Drive #260, Miami, 305.630.3844.
Try fresh ceviche with a Mexican twist. Situated in the laid-back neighborhood of Coconut Grove, Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar and Latam Grill pays homage to all of Latin America, but especially the founders’ Mexican roots. Partners Lalo Durazo, Sergio Durazo and Oscar del Rivero started Jaguar Hospitality group to offer delectable ceviches and beyond. 3067 Grand Ave., Miami, 305.444.0216.
Key Biscayne & North Miami Beach
Featuring locations on the idyllic island of Key Biscayne as well as in North Miami Beach near Aventura, El Gran Inka is a Peruvian hotspot led by chef Felipe Villanueva. Try the signature ceviche with octopus in a mild aji amarillo sauce with a tower of fish and crab, chopped tomato, avocado, topped with shrimp and lime juice. The “Lomo Gran Inka", with grilled beef tenderloin over tacu-tacu plantains is another popular choice. 606 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, 305.365.7883. 3155 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305.940.4910.
Downtown & South Beach
With popular locations both in Downtown and South Beach, CVI.CHE 105 is the brainchild of Chef Juan Chipoco. Locals not only flock to the restaurant for it’s traditional Peruvian dishes and mouthwatering ceviches, but also for it’s hip and modern vibe. Named after the chef, the “Juan Chipoco Iron Man” dish features tender pieces of filet mignon, jump shrimp and scallops cooked in a fiery wok with fresh veggies. 105 NE 3rd Ave., 305.577.3454. South Beach: 1245 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 786.534 .8651.
Located in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District, GK Bistronomie is a new Peruvian inspired restaurant and bar helmed by Executive Chef-Partner, Rafael Perez Cambana. The menu features an array of artfully plated Peruvian inspired dishes with a modern twist, along with intricate handcrafted libations, in a sleek and stylish setting. Try one of the carefully concocted Pisco infusions, featuring traditional drinks such as Sours and Chicanos. 218 NW 25th St, Miami, 786.477.5151.
Miami Beach, Wynwood, Brickell
The SuViche restaurant franchise has been quickly spreading across Miami and beyond. Offering a simple menu of light and healthy Peruvian-Japanese cuisine, there’s a dish that will satisfy any palate. The Pisco bar offers over 15 types of “Macerados” (home-made pisco infused fresh fruits, herbs and spices). 1119 16th St, Miami Beach, 305.777.3555. Wynwood: 2751 N Miami Ave., 305.501.5010. Brickell: 49 SW 11 St., Miami, 305.960.7097
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