Three women, including my wife, enjoyed dinner last night at this warm, engaging and cozy restaurant in a strip mall on Beneva, sandwiched between two bars and a tobacco shop, in Sarasota.
The limited menu features standard Peruvian highlights. We were limited in our order because two can only eat so much. So we shared the Seafood Chowder, chock-a-block with mussels, calamari, shrimp, and fish in an absolutely fabulous broth -- redolent of the sea, packed with incredible flavors, and easily shared by two.
The must have dinner choice, and we only had one, was Jalea, a marvel of crisply fried seafood and fish (even the mussels were breaded and fried), that was so large we shared it with the table of ten extravagantly dining on what looked like everything else on the menu.
(Our bottle of Chardonnay, bargain priced at $24, melded well with the meal, setting off the chowder and highlighting the jalea, tempering the fried-ness of the dish.)
At the end, pictures and rounds of Happy Birthday resonated of the walls of this must-go-to Peruvian restaurant in Sarasota.