Fine French dining, delectable Italian dishes, spicy Indian recipes: these are the foods that have transcended their cultural origins and become worldwide sensations. However, while these cultural delicacies are established, there is a new kid on the gastronomy scene. This one comes all the way from Peru.
Peruvian gastronomy is the most recent addition to the international food market with many dishes gaining traction in restaurants around the world. On every continent, there are growing options for a Peruvian restaurant, each offering unique Peruvian flavors that keep visitors coming back for more.
If you have never tried Peruvian food, you may wonder what all the fuss is about. The fact is that Peruvian gastronomy is distinctive for its ingredients. While potatoes are popular around the world, Peru has a stunning variety. Peruvian flavors rely heavily on sweet potato and yucca. They can be fried, baked, roasted and more. Causa is a dish that serves them cold. Papa a la huancaina smothers the potatoes with a spicy, cheese sauce. Sweet potatoes are even added to donuts to make picarones. The options are almost endless.
It is not simply a matter of ingredients. Instead, Peruvian food is especially memorable because of its unusual preparation methods. Just consider cebiche. Known commonly as the national dish of Peru, ceviche is raw fish that is carefully marinated in citrus juices. Other cooking styles rely on fusion techniques, combining traditional Peruvian flavors with popular methods from around the world. There is a strong Asian influence in Peruvian cuisine such as lomo saltado. This stir fry is served alongside fried potatoes for a treat that is memorably Peruvian.
Peruvian drinks are also gaining international attention. Most famously, the Pisco Sour uses Pisco brandy and mixes in lemon juice, egg whites and other bitter ingredients. This drink got its start in Lima but has been transported to bars and pubs around the world. Pisco is used in other drink variations such as the Pisco de Agave and the Pisco Punch. Another Peruvian drink worth checking out is cusquena, the most famous and renowned Peruvian beer.
To experience Peruvian gastronomy for yourself, make a reservation at La Costanera Restaurant. Located in Montara Beach, La Costanera Restaurant offers the best Peruvian food and drink in California.