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$5 - $15
Peruvian, Latin, Contemporary, Spanish, South American
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Reviewed January 1, 2021 via mobile

Being as though this was the only Peruvian restaurant in the city of Detroit (as far as I know), I was incredibly anxious to support this business. Let me preface by saying that Peruvian food has to be one of my top five favorite cuisines,...though it seems a bit difficult to find in some areas. In scanning the menu, I was a little disappointed that dishes like Jalea and Parihuela were not featured. I was also surprised that Ceviche was only offered as an appetizer. Interestingly enough, most Peruvian restaurants tend to have an option where this is offered as a meal and it is served with yucca fries. I finally decided to have the Arroz con Mariscos, Ceviche and the Guanabana Ice Cream. I am not sure if the prices listed on their website are the accurate ones, but I ordered via DoorDash and the prices listed were different. For example, the Arroz con Mariscos is about $4 more and the Ceviche is $3 more. I only say this to speak about this particular point. Given the price of the Ceviche, I was assuming that it would have been a larger portion. In fact, I was thinking that it would have been large enough to share, but it was not. It was actually on the smaller side. I was not bothered, because again I did order it from the appetizer section. I was excited to then move on to my Arroz con Mariscos. When I opened it, I was a little disappointed that this reminded me more of an Arroz Chaufa de Mariscos, which is in essence a Peruvian fried rice. They do offer Arroz Chaufa on the menu, but it uses chicken or beef. I am accustomed to the Arroz con Mariscos being more along the lines of a Peruvian paella. This was not that. This dish actually featured very little seafood. I am not opposed to an Arroz Chaufa de Mariscos, but it is not what I was expecting at all. In regards to the taste of the food, the Ceviche was actually pretty flavorful. The Arroz con Mariscos on the other hand was just ok. I would have loved more seafood and I would have loved for more of the individual flavors to come out. The seafood used was actually very small. With that, I could only see the shrimp used. With that being said, I would go here again, but I would have to order something different. I would love to see an expanded menu at some point. In viewing their Instagram account, I see that Jalea has been offered at some point, but as a limited special only. It would be nice to see the seafood options expanded. Jalea and Parihuela (especially due to the climate here) would be great to see. Next time, I will have to try the Papa a la Huancaina and the Patacones Picantes. Detroit has an interesting food scene but it does leave much to be desired in terms of varying cuisines. A Peruvian restaurant is definitely needed and this is a great opportunity to expose the city to its amazing flavors. I will continue to support this restaurant so as to help keep this business open for that reason.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed January 14, 2020

I have been here about 3 times now and it is consistently delicious. I love the chicha morada!! It tastes wonderful and reminds me of being in Peru. My boyfriend also loves its unique taste. I've had the limo saltado, aji della gallina and carne...a la plancha, all of which were full of flavor. Culantro has very unique food that always tastes great. I will be returning to this restaurant frequently.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed September 1, 2019

This was my first experience with Peruvian cuisine and it was a good one. This small restaurant on Woodward, near Nine Mile has a lot going for it. In addition to good food, it's a casual and friendly spot to dine at. You get a...lot for your money and the prices are quite reasonable. Ordering is done at the counter. I had a member of the staff explain some of the items, since everything was new to me. I selected the Pollo a la Brassa, cooked rotisserie style. A safe choice, but boy was it good. So tender and flavorful. The meal included rice and a salad, all for $13. If I have one complaint, it's that the chicken came out almost as soon as I received the salad. Service is friendly and down to earth. Culantro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There's some metered parking on the street as well as a paid parking lot behind the building. Next time I won't play it so safe. A big thumbs up.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed May 31, 2019 via mobile

We ordered the veggie lomo saltado, pan con pollo, Chica morada, jugo de maracuya, patacones picantes and arroz con mariscos. The patacones picantes was the best part of our meal, my husband enjoyed his pan de pollo, my friend enjoyed his arroz de mariscos. My...vegan lomo saltado seasoning was nice, but there was far too few veggies and way too many onions and green onions and only a few slices of mushrooms and tomatoes, but definitely not worth $13 to me and the rice is as bad as boxed ready rice. The waitress asked how my food was and I told her the lomo tasted good, but there was way too many onions and not enough other veggies, she said nothing and walked away. This place is so overrated and overpriced for what you get here. I was still hungry after eating the bit of mushrooms and tomatoes.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed April 9, 2019 via mobile

We had pollo a la brasa (rotisserie chicken), lomo saltado (beef), and chicharone (pork and sweet potato) sandwich with an extra side of sweet potato fries, maracuya juice, and alfajore cookie. All were excellent, true to the same we've enjoyed in Peru! We will definitely...go back and take our friends to enjoy a taste of Peru!More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed February 24, 2019

I eat here often whether walking in, GrubHub, or just picking up takeout. This is my favorite restaurant foodwise. Lomo Saltado and Aji de Gallina are my two favorites. These dishes are fantastic! They do not have a liquor license as of the time of...this review so if you are looking for a dinner with wine or booze involved this is not the place. They do have delicious fruit juices and other nonalcoholic drinks which are excellent. Fantastic food and great people working here. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed November 27, 2018 via mobile

Excellent option for Peruvian food in Michigan. The ceviche and lomo saltado are great. They also have local dessert options like três leches and flan.

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed October 21, 2018

Family is Peruvian so this is a little bit of home away from home. The ceviche is delicious and the chicken is full of flavor! Every sauce is better than the next! A little pricey but that could be because I could not narrow down...my selection! For their specials be sure to get there early.More

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

I was not sure what to expect because I had never tasted Peruvian food. They have great reviews so we decided to try it. The pictures of the menu items were very helpful. The Gallina is aji amarillo was so DELICIOUS. I loved the sauce!...I will return to try other dishes that looked delish.More

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

I heard about this Peruvian place, then it took me a few hours to go there. Loved it!!!! They are new, so there’s still a few things that could be improved. To be more specific, it’d be better if the food for all people in...the table came out together. My sister got her food first, then we started getting ours, but my husband’s took a lot longer to get ready. It felt a bit messy, but totally understandable. He ate my food while waiting for his. The other thing that could be better was the way I received my dessert (alfajores) to go. It was simply wrapped in a wax paper. A little box wouldn’t do any harm. By the way, alfajores are AMAZING!!! As for the food, we got ceviche, aji de gallina, papa a la Huancaina (with yucca - LOVED IT!!), yucca frita, and carne a la plancha. We liked everything. How flavorful!!!! Ridiculously delicious!! For the first time I had the Chicha Morada. Surprising and delightful! That purple juice is a must try!! Can’t wait to go back. Next time I’ll have papa a la Huancaina with potatoes rather than yucca. My husband looks forward to trying their pollo a la brasa. This fast-casual place is just a perfect addition to Ferndale. Loved it!!! Simply go straight to the counter, order your food, get your number and wait in your table.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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