The Peruvian cuisine largely consists of spicy dishes that originated as a blend of Spanish and indigenous foods. Such dishes are often referred to as Criolla , or Creole. Aji (chili) is the most popular spice in Peru and is used in a variety of ways to give food extra flavor. Mint, oregano, basil, parsley, and cilantro are also included in Peruvian dishes, particularly soups and stews. Aside from spices, however, potatoes, rice, beans, fish, and various grains are essential staples (foods eaten nearly everyday) in the Peruvian diet.
For this week's lunch my boyfriend and I tried this Peruvian Restaurant, Sur Latin Peruvian Cuisine, that I pass on the way to work every morning and finally had the chance to try it out today. I love Houston because it's so big and there are SO MANY restaurants to try.
The atmosphere of the restaurant was small, very chill, and laid back. The staff greeted us with a nice warm welcome. Luckily for the lunch hour it was not that busy which was a good thing for us.
Once we were seated we ordered our choice of beverage which were Fresh Fruit Smoothies. I ordered Mango smoothie and my boyfriend ordered the Lucuma but unfortunately he didn't like it nor did I and he swaped it out for a Mango. Lucuma is a fruit from Peru that is green on the outside that resembles a avocado and the actual fruit is yellow many people say the taste of lucuma reminds them of a cross between caramel and a sweet potato. Lucuma also come in a powder form that can be used in smoothies, juices, and desserts. The Mango smoothie was very DELICIOUS and it was just right not too thick nor too thin.
We ordered a appetizer which was:
As for as our actual lunch I ordered the LOMO SALTADO DE CARNE which is a popular Peruvian dish of succulent beef tenderloin sauteed to perfection with red onions & tomatoes. Served with French fries & white rice. (Spicy or not) My dish was not spicy but maybe next time we go I'll try it spicy. I loved everything about my dish except the sauce which was a little salty which according to my boyfriend is when it is cooked too long that brings out the salt.
My boyfriend ended up getting QUINOA SALAD which is quinoa, mint, fresh cheese, cherry tomatoes, Peruvian corn & passion fruit dressing and grilled chicken. He really liked this dish and didn't have anything bad to say about it. I tried a little of the quinoa because I've never had before and not really a big fan of it because it had a not so good after taste. Although, the gilled chicken was very good.
We also tried one of the dessert selections which was ALFAJORES LAYER CAKE which is fine layers of shortbread filled with layers of dulce de leche (caramel), dusted with powdered sugar, and decorated with chocolate sauce and powdered sugar. This dessert was really good but was a little dry and not as moist was we'd thought it would be. In our opinion it could have been better with coffee but I'm not a big fan of coffee.
I hope you've enjoyed my food post stay tuned for more! 😄