Gastón Acurio’s Peruvian superstar feels like a colorful River North party but the food, which reflects Peru’s historical dalliances with Japan, China, and Africa, is deadly serious. Sharp and accessible flavors dominate, whether in the form of ahi tuna tiraditos with passion fruit and honey, pork fried rice and vermicelli stirred in a sizzling stone bowl, or rib eye a lo pobre of wet-aged beef slathered in chorrillana sauce topped with a fried egg. Even if you just walk in for a marinated fluke seviche and a Lima Llama (a stiff pisco-lime-ginger beer concoction) at the colorful bar, you’ll walk out a believer.
Dishes We Liked
Ahi tuna, avocado, cucumber, and tamarind cebiche ($12 small/$18 large), octopus skewers with chimichurri, fried garlic, and olive sauce ($15), rib eye a lo pobre ($53), half pollo a la brasa ($19), las trufas de chocolate