10804 S. Post Oak @ Willowbend, Suite 375
I've been on a ceviche kick of late and I tried two of the four offerings here. The Tostada de Ceviche, on the appetizer menu, came with a pile of fresh fish marinated in lime juice and Peruvian spices, with red onions, cancha (Peruvian roasted corn) and steamed camote (sweet potato). Though it was on the appetizer menu this could have served as an entree it was so large.
Chifa is a term which indicates dishes which are the result of a Chinese influence on Peruvian cookery which came about as a result of an influx of Chinese laborers to fill jobs once slavery was abolished in Peru. It also denotes restaurants which serve these dishes. They have their Chifa just as we have our Chinese American food and it is very popular. One of the most popular dishes is Arroz Chaufa, a Peruvian version of fried rice, and another is Lomo Saltado. I had the Lomo Saltado sandwich and never would have guessed the dish had Chinese roots if I hadn't read it. This is tender chunks of been tenderloin, stir-fried with tomatoes, aji amarillo and red onion, in a red wine sauce, on a light and lightly toasted baguette.
Beverages include Chicha by the glass or pitcher and Inka Kola plus the usual American soft drinks, coffee and tea. Desserts include Flan and Alfajores plus Pionono de Manjar Blanca, a sponge cake roll with the same filling as the Alfajores.
Yelpers have claimed the restaurant is the same owner as the Peru Gourmet food truck and that is confirmed by the Facebook page. I don't know if the food truck is still on the road.
This section of South Post Oak just below the corner of the Loop is not a street one drives down expecting great culinary discoveries. Peru Gourmet is a big addition to the dining out options in the S. Post Oak/Willowbend area and convenient also to Meyerland and Westbury. It's an unpretentious, very small hole-in-the-wall serving up some very good food. I hope there are enough Peruvians and at least mildly adventurous eaters otherwise to sustain it.
Peru Gourmet on Facebook. Note many of the pictures on FB were apparently taken at a catering event and do not show the interior of the restaurant.
Friday, September 18, 2015
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