Six Things to Eat Other than Ceviche at Peruvian Restaurants

Categories: First Bites
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Jackie Sayet
"Causa" to eat
Sure, ceviche comes in all shapes, tastes, and sizes worth sampling regularly... But living on the edge during recent Peruvian restaurant outings, we shifted from automatic to manual ordering and tried some different menu items.

Surprise! There are dishes for which it's worth kicking the ceviche habit. Well, temporarily, at least.  Here are six on our list to expand your menu horizons at the restaurants where they shine.

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Jackie Sayet
Seeing green at Ceviche 105: A unique rice side steals the show by making ordinary ingredients special
Causa de Langostinos con Palta/Stuffed Potato with Prawns and Avocado ($7.95) - Lemoned Yellow Peruvian potatoes sandwich a layer of red bell pepper strips, cooked prawn pieces, avocado, and mayonnaise, blanketed in aji amarillo (yellow chili) sauce.  Accompanied by garnish of crumbled egg whites, confetti parsley and sliced black olive pieces. [CVI.CHE 105]

Lomo Saltado/Beef Tenderloin Stir Fry
($22) - Traditional soy sauce sauté of beef tenderloin, potatoes, onions, and tomatoes, with tacu tacu (bean and rice pancake.) [La Cofradia]

Arroz con Cilantro/Green Rice (N/A) - Rice combined with cilantro, choclo (big kernel corn,) carrots, and peas. [CVI.CHE 105]

Chupe de Camarones/Peruvian Shrimp Soup
($12.99) - Basically a Chaufa de Mariscos (seafood fried yellow rice) but with shrimp only, presented in a cheesy, yellow cream broth with a whole prawn in its shell to greet you. [Sabor a Peru]

Jackie Sayet
Choros a la Chalaca from Sabor a Peru: Get them to go for lunch, with aji verde (green chili sauce) on the side.
Choros a la Chalaca/Peruvian-Style Mussel Salad ($8.99) - Tender lime-cured mussels on a bed of shredded lettuce and topped with diced red onion, diced tomato, fresh yellow corn, cancha (fried corn kernels,) and parsley. [Sabor a Peru]

Aji de Gallina/Chicken Aji ($7.95) - A neat, hearty haystack of shredded chicken mixed with zippy aji amarillo sauce. [CVI.CHE 105]

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Jackie Sayet
Aji de Gallina at CVI.CHE 105: An appetizer with zing and creaminess, an unexpected and pleasant balance

Jackie Sayet
Couldn't help it: the creamy "Cebiche Rojiblanco," or red and white like the colors of the Peruvian flag, at CVI.CHE 105

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