Monday, August 8, 2011

Picca Peru

With the opening of Picca Peru, Chef Ricardo Zarate has expanded and elevated the Peruvian cooking that earned him a 2011 "Best New Chef" award from Food and Wine Magazine. While his first, low-key restaurant Mo-Chica focuses on traditional Peruvian entrees, the hip Picca devotes its attention to modern anticuchos (small plates)--admirably, without losing touch with the food's roots.

As a big fan of both Chef Ricardo and his business partner Stephane Bombet, J and I were practically foaming at the mouth to get a taste!

Chilcano de Anis @ Picca Peru
Chilcano de Anis ($11.00): Lime juice, ginger syrup, pisco, perod

Tuna Tartare @ Picca Peru

Tuna Tartare ($12.00): Tuna, lemon soy dressing, won ton chips

Papa Rellena @ Picca Peru

Papa rellena ($7.00): Stuffed potato, slow cooked beef, boiled egg, rocoto aioli

Empanada Trio @ Picca Peru

Empanada Trio ($9.00): Beef, chicken and eggplant

These delightful two bite-sized empanadas were impossibly flaky and sampling each of the three with each dipping sauce was great fun for the taste buds.

Snow Crab Causa @ Picca Peru

Snow Crab Causa "Sushi" ($6.00): Cucumber, avocado and huancaina sauce

Beef Filet Anticuchos @ Picca Peru

Beef Filet ($9.00): Uni (sea urchin) butter, garlic chip

These beef filet anticuchos arrived at the table, positively glistening with uni butter and inviting us to first eat them with our eyes. Pillow soft with a hint of ocean brine, the beef managed to taste even better than it looked and was a highlight of the night.

Santa Barbara Praws @ Picca Peru

Santa Barbara Prawns ($12.00): Lemongrass yuzu kosho pesto

Chicharron de Costillas @ Picca Peru

Chicharron de Costillas ($9.00): Crispy pork ribs crostini, sweet potato puree, feta cheese sauce, salsa criolla

Bistec a lo Pobre @ Picca Peru

Bisteck a lo Pobre ($14.00): Skirt steak, egg, pan-fried banana, chickpeas tacu tacu

The flavors of the bisteck a lo pobre were some of the most reserved of our dinner, but the sweet and savory components combined to create a hearty, comforting dish that reminded me of a Hawaiian loco moco.

Churros @ Picca Peru

Churros ($7.00)

Tres Leches Cake @ Picca Peru

Tres Leches Cake ($7.00): With the creamy, boozy and fruity flavors at work in this dessert, I was in tres leches heaven!

The dishes, drinks and desserts on the menu at Picca will continue to evolve, and I look forward to seeing (and sampling) any new additions.

Picca Peru
9575 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-0133

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  1. I just went on Saturday and posted last night! What a fun place! :)

  2. i still have yet to have a proper meal here! did ff but didn't eat much and have been other times but only nibbles, i'm drooling now from your post!

  3. curious...was anything bad here? every single dish looks awesome. goodness gracious.