In the tiny Republic of Peru, a most remarkable amalgamation of foreign flavors has been brewing for more than 500 years. In fact, you could say that the small nation that shares borders with Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Columbia and Bolivia was home to the world’s first true fusion cuisine.
There are a number of restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area that tout themselves to be experts at fusion cuisine, but none of them come close to the new wave of authentic Peruvian flavor you’ll savor at La Costanera restaurant in Half Moon Bay.
The Peruvian people have always been friendly to immigrants, welcoming their traditional cuisine with an open mind and a willing palate. Newcomers to Peru found wonderful ways to use indigenous foods like potatoes, quinoa, avocados and locally-caught fish, birds and game. The culinary influence of Chinese, Japanese, African and European cooks reverberates throughout the range of Peruvian cuisine.
Chef Carlos Altamirano says that he honed his culinary craft while peeling potatoes at his mother’s restaurant on the Peruvian coast. Nowadays, Chef Altamirano combines Peruvian staples like potatoes and imported native spices with California-caught seafood and locally-grown meats, fruits and veggies.
For many years, Peruvian cuisine was relatively unknown outside of western South America. Today, a brilliant new wave of Peruvian flavors is attracting discerning diners in every corner of the world. In the San Francisco area, you and your favorite dining companion are invited to ride the wave of tantalizing tastes at La Costanera restaurant.
If you are feeling adventurous, cruise down the coast to sample authentic new wave Peruvian food at La Costanera. We are beautifully located at 8150 Cabrillo Highway in Montara Beach. We recommend that you make dining reservations by calling (888) 530-8646.