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PICCA PERU
EAT TO YOUR BEEF HEART’S CONTENT

Hip and upscale are words that aptly describe Chef Richard Zarate (Mo-Chica) and restaurateur Stephane Bombet’s Picca Peru—a Peruvian cantina where you will find bold and inventive Peruvian-Japanese “small plates” that truly delight and satisfy.

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Named ‘Best New Chef in America’ by Food & Wine Magazine in 2011, Chef Zarate is a hot commodity in town, so it was no surprise when Picca, which tightly sits 100 guests, became an instant hit. At Picca, Chef Zarate serves modern Peruvian cuisine with a Japanese flair. There are easily over 50 refined Peruvian dishes designed to be passed around the table, from beef heart, which arrives on a pair of skewers, known as “anticucho” — of which there are over a dozen to choose from. Even the simple pollo (chicken), covered in rocoto pesto, is a crowd pleaser.

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It’s quite the scene at Picca, which literally means to “nibble,” so either make reservations or prepare to chill at the bar while you wait for your table. FYI, the upstairs area is much quieter if you’re looking for a more low-key meal.

During our recent visit for dinner, we started with the Spicy Yellowtail from the Causa Bar side of the menu. Picca’s causa sushi is a selection of nigiri-like sushi, which instead of arriving on rice your unagi is served on a perfect rectangle of mashed potato. Think two bites of whipped potato and yellowtail with celery, cilantro, and Huancaina sauce. This is a small yet extremely tasty starter.

Next we ventured to the Street menu and relished the Ceviche Crocante, a delicious serving of halibut, leche de tigre (tiger’s milk) and crispy calamari. Can you say ‘new favorite dish?’

But it only got better from there, choosing again from the Street menu, we indulged and went for the hearty Anticucho Corazon – beef heart with rocoto-walnut pesto. Served on skewers, this will be any meat lover’s new best friend.

To really amp up your Peruvian experience, must-have drinks include Inca Kola, a Peruvian soft drink staple with a taste that resembles bubblegum or cream soda, and, of course, the classic Peruvian cocktail Pisco Sour—made from Peruvian grape brandy, mixed with lime (or lemon) juice, syrup, egg white, and Angostura bitters. Sweet to taste, this drink does pack a punch and it’s very difficult to stop at just one. Good times are sure to follow.

Our next dish came from the Family side of the menu, and let me tell you, the Locro de Quinoa – quinoa pumpkin stew served with a fried egg, choclo, parmesan, and crispy tomato – is to die for! A great alternative for non meat eaters, this was probably my favorite dish of the night. It’s extremely flavorful and very filling.

Dessert consisted of the Vanilla Bean Pisco Flan served with a stewed strawberry, a very savory take on the typical flan found all over town. This was truly a great end to a wickedly delicious meal.

Considering we didn’t even touch the Proper or the Play side of the menu, a return visit will definitely be in order.

Picca Peru is located at 9575 West Pico Blvd in West Los Angeles. Call 310-277-0133.

 

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