Peruvian Dishes to Savor at Cocina Peruvia

by - Monday, October 08, 2018

I learned very little about the Peruvian cuisine since the time that I first got to try it 2 years ago. Like the Filipino cuisine, it is one that has been influenced by various nationalities. This together with their own touch of culture, resulted in a cuisine with diverse and unique flavors. I don't really know what  authentic Peruvian cuisine should taste like, but this restaurant surely made me like this cuisine from the very start.

Cocina Peruvia is the first Peruvian restaurant I have tried in my entire life. Based from my experience, I know this cuisine to be one that serves food packed with various spices. And that's what I was looking forward to on my second visit. 

Ceviche Mixto P290

Ceviche Mixto. Let's admit, we are no stranger to ceviche. This particular one is composed of shrimps, mussels, squid, and octopus,  spiced with aji rocoto, and finished off with lime juice. It's one incredibly light starter.

Mixto Patacones P350

Mixto Patacones. The mixto patacones is served in two types. The one in the first photo has fried bananas topped with shrimp, avocado salsa, and sofrito sauce. It has a denser feel compared to the other one, but less flavor.

Mixto Patacones P350

Mixto Patacones. The second kind has fried bananas topped with salmon, mayo mix, parmesan cheese, and sofrito sauce. This one's obviously my favorite since it is smothered with salmon and cheese, and it tastes good, of course!

Anticuchos de Corazon de Vaca P320
Anticuchos de Corazon de Vaca. Grilled beef heart served with chimichurri and aji amarillo sauce. I first had a bite of the anticuchos without knowing what it was. It packed the Peruvian spices I've been expecting, with a slight bitterness to it. I enjoyed it best with their two sauces - don't skip them!

Chorizo Pizza P390

Chorizo Pizza. Flatbread pizza with marinara sauce topped with chorizo, olive, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, served with chimichurri and arugula on the side. Although the chorizo pizza doesn't necessarily shout Peruvian, I loved it anyway. The pizza dough was thin, the toppings were minimal but soft and flavorful, and the arugula gave it an added crunch and texture. It was delicious.

Lomo Saltado P450

Lomo Saltado. Marinated beef tenderloin sauteed with garlic, onions, tomatoes, fried potatoes, and lomo sauce. This wasn't my first lomo saltado, especially from Cocina Peruvia, so I wasn't really surprised  with its taste. The use of the Peruvian spices were there, although a bit milder than what I remembered.

Galera de Chocolate P350
Galera de Chocolate. Baked chocolate tart with dark chocolate ganache, topped with blue chips and dried figs in dehydrated syrup. This also wasn't my first galera de chocolate from Cocina Peruvia. I know I've had this before, but I sort of forgot how good it tasted, so I was a bit surprised when I had a bite on my second visit. It was heavenly! Simple and not too sweet. 

My first visit to Cocina Peruvia has always been one of my favorites. And two years after, it's great that the quality of food served here remains unchanged. 

My Scores:
Pricing - 3/5
Service - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Taste - 4/5

Hungry for more,

Address: 2F Ayala Vertis North, Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City
Operating Hours: Mall Hours
Contact: (02) 989-2752
Budget: from P400 per person
Parking: Mall Parking 
Instagram: @cocinaperuviaph 
Facebook: @cocinaperuviaph 

(Date of Visit: September 29, 2018)
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