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By Shayne Benowitz

Your guide to the best of Miami’s Peruvian cuisine.

With a culture that dates back to the ancient Incas and a cuisine influenced by such disparate regions such as China, Japan and Spain, Peruvian food is an exciting, multi-layered culinary journey. It’s also delicious, marked by fresh ceviche and seafood tiraditos to grilled, wok-style beef and chicken preparations. There’s perhaps no better place in the United States for a crash course into Peruvian cuisine than Miami. This is your guide on where to go for this delicious South American fare.

 

Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar and Latam Grill

Situated in the bohemian neighborhood of Coconut Grove, Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar and Latam Grill is Miami’s original paean to Peruvian cuisine. It also pays homage to all of Latin America with dishes ranging from churrasco steak to grilled octopus a la plancha. Start with their ceviche spoon sampler consisting of six varieties of ceviche to get a taste of the entire spectrum of its mouthwatering signature dish. 3067 Grand Ave., Miami, 305.444.0216.

    La Mar by Gastón Acurio

    Nestled inside the Five-Star Mandarin Oriental hotel in Brickell Key, La Mar by Gastón Acurio is one of the most upscale Peruvian restaurants. With dramatic views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, dine on everything from sumptuous novo-Andean fare to Asian-Peruvian fusion dishes, classic ceviche and freshly grilled anticuchos. Try platters like Piqueo Frio with mixed ceviche, potato causa cangrejo and seafood jalea, as well as Piqueo Caliente with anticucho de corazon, ají de gallina empanadas and yuca. 500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami, 305.913.8358.

      Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar

      Pisco y Nazca is found inside The Palms at Town & Country plaza in Kendall with an additional location in Doral. Executive Chef Miguel Fernandez, formerly of Gastón Acurio’s La Mar outpost in San Francisco, leads an all-star culinary team to create some of the most delicious and creative Peruvian food in town. The menu boasts ten different styles of ceviche, as well as a traditional Nikkei dish, which includes ahi tuna, mirin, soy sauce, wasabi peas, cucumbers, chanchaca leche de tigre and wonton-sesame crisps. 8405 Mills Drive #260, Miami, 305.630.3844.

        El Gran Inka

        With locations in both Key Biscayne and North Miami Beach, El Gran Inka is a Peruvian hotspot by Chef Felipe Villanueva. Try the signature ceviche with octopus and shrimp in a spicy ají amarillo sauce with chopped tomato, avocado 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 and 3155 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305.940.4910.

          CVI.CHE 105

          With popular locations in both Downtown and South Beach, CVI.CHE 105 is the brainchild of Chef Juan Chipoco. Locals not only flock to the restaurant for its traditional Peruvian dishes and mouthwatering ceviches, but also for the hip and modern vibe. Try the eponymous Juan Chipoco Iron Man dish featuring tender pieces of filet mignon, jumbo shrimp and scallops cooked with vegetables in a fiery wok. 105 NE 3rd Ave., Miami, 305.577.3454 and 1245 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 786.534 .8651.

            GK Bistronomie

            Located in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District, GK Bistronomie is a Peruvian restaurant 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 to pair with your ceviche. 218 NW 25th St., Miami, 786.477.5151.

              SuViche

              The SuViche restaurant franchise has quickly spread across Miami with locations in Brickell, South Beach, Wynwood and more. Offering an inventive menu of light and healthy Peruvian-Japanese cuisine, there’s a dish that will satisfy any palate. Start with the SuViche salad made with tuna, salmon or crispy shrimp and move on to hearty steak saltado served with French fries. The Pisco bar offers over 15 types of macerados (home-made pisco infused fresh fruits, herbs and spices), so you’ll never run out of flavors to sample. 1119 16th St., Miami Beach, 305.777.3555; 2751 N Miami Ave., 305.501.5010; 49 SW 11 St., Miami, 305.960.7097.

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