Peruvian Chef Sets Sights on D.C.

It's about 14 degrees in Washington right now. In Lima, Peru, it's 80. Anyone want to go to Peru?

Even if you're trapped at your desk, take solace in this little piece of sunny news: Food&Wine reports that one of Peru's best known chefs, Gastón Acurio, plans to open a branch of La Mar Peruvian Cebichería in Washington soon. (No location is mentioned.) It's a concept the chef hopes to roll out internationally in his quest to bring Peruvian cuisine to the world. "The tuna seviche with tamarind leche de tigre (chile, lime, red onion and cilantro) is not to be missed," according to the magazine.

The chef owns numerous restaurants in Peru and South America. You can read a translated interview with him here, and check out Acurio giving Anthony Bourdain a tour around Lima in this (long) clip from Bourdain's show "No Reservations" (fast forward to 3:50 to see Bourdain and Acurio meet up):


::Alejandro:: said...

You're lucky to be getting the first La Mar in the US. It opened a branch a couple of months ago in the Santa Fe area of Mexico City, and I read he was thinking of one in Toronto, besides the one opening in Panama.

Astrid & Gaston is also international: Bogota, Caracas, Santiago,

Here's a link to the Astrid y Gaston website.

Nice to know people are learning about Peruvian food.

Peru Food

Amanda said...

Thanks for stopping by, Alejandro. And for translating those interviews!

Jeff said...

If he's still looking for a location, I'd recommend Columbia Heights (and yes, I'm biased here). Unique combination of a lack of top-flight local restaurants, a huge influx of new condos without a corresponding level of food options, and a big latin american population to boot. Plus, tons of available commercial space, including a great space on the corner of Park Road and 11th which can be custom built to suit this type of place, and plenty of spaces in the new condos / DC USA complex around 14th street.

PalacePool said...

This is fantastic news. I went to Peru over Thanksgiving, and enjoyed ceviche (and pisco) every day. It is the worlds most perfect food. Great tasting and very good for you.

Has anyone gone to Ceviche in Silver Spring, or Costa Verde in Arlington? I crave ceviche constantly. Only recently enjoyed this seafood treat again at Francescos in Miami. It is owned by the same people who own Francescos in Lima. The only thing missing is the great view of the peruvian coast.