Walter, the owner and our waiter for the evening, revealed that La Cuisine had been open only a week when we dined there. While not nearly as large, attractive, and popular as Inca's Kitchen, La Cuisine tilts toward that sort of upscale, fusion cooking and away from the more traditional Peruvian peasant style. With only a week's worth of practice, La Cuisine presented a mostly positive dining experience for my friend and me.
It is clear that La Cuisine opened with an aspirational and experimental mindset. Take the beer list: two Peruvian beers, three Belgian beers, and a couple of well-chosen microbrews. Kudos to Walter: not a Bud Light or Corona in the house. The wine list also had nice variety, albeit more traditional and safe in it focus on recognizable South American, Spanish, and Italian varieties.
The menu showed promise across its chicken, fish, beef and lamb dishes. You have the choice of organizing your meal around small plates or regular entrees. For our meal, we chose from both menus: the causa de pollo (very flavorful and nicely presented), black grouper tacos (also quite good) and the seco de cordero con frijoles. I have had better loin lamb chops (these were cooked to medium when medium-rare should have been the target) but for $18.95, the quality matched the price. The cilantro sauce? Ok but not rich enough to be either pleasantly complementary or creatively contrasting. I was particularly fond of the Peruvian beans, though; my friend less so.
We weren't terribly impressed by the dessert menu -- again playing it safe with flan and pionono -- but the choice was moot since they were sold out of desserts on this Monday evening. Ah, the challenge of running a new restaurant!
I plan to return on my next visit to Naples in a month and half and it will be interesting to see how this establishment has evolved. I am optimistic.
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