Thursday, April 11, 2013

Paiche

This Friday marks the opening of Paiche, the newest restaurant from Chef Ricardo Zarate (Mo-Chica, Picca) and business partner Stephane Bombet. The Marina del Rey restaurant, named for an Amazonian river fish, is described as a "Peruvian izakaya," a fusion which pays homage to Zarate's Peruvian roots as well as his training as a sushi chef.

On Wednesday, Chef Richie and Stephane opened the kitchen for a Friends and Family night to preview Paiche's offerings.

Bar at Paiche

Bar at Paiche

Mixologist Deysi Alvarez shakes up a cocktail.
Paiche bar manager Deysi Alvarez has crafted a cocktail menu with classics such as a Pisco Sour and Margarita as well as drinks of her own invention, covering the flavor spectrum from smoky to sweet. Not a single one of the drinks disappointed, but our table's personal favorites are below. 

The Last Ice Age @ Paiche

The Last Ice Age: Pisco portion, Hakushu Whiskey (12 years), organic egg white, lime juice, lemon juice, evaporated simple syrup, Fernet Branca liqueur drops ($13.00)

Maracuya Capirinha @ Paiche

Maracuya Capirinha: Lemon cachaca, fresh passion fruit, muddled limes, pure cane syrup ($15.00)

Mojito de Martinique @ Paiche

Mojito de Martinique: Neisson Eleve Sous rhum agricole, pinch of fresh mint, muddled mint, martinique cane syrup, seltzer water ($14.00)

Pink Panther @ Paiche


Pink Panther: Platino Atlantico rum, muddled mint, fresh strawberry juice, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, orgeat syrup, topped with Cava ($12.00)
Like at Zarate's other resturants, the menu is broken down into categories-- here: Abrebocas y Ensaladas; Ceviches (Sashimi Styles); Tiraditos; Frituras; Anticucho Grill; and Cocina Caliente.
Abrebocas y Ensaladas:

Tuna Tartare @ Paiche

Tuna Tartare with caviar, soy ceviche dressing and wonton chips ($16.00)

Shrimp Dumplings @ Paiche

Shrimp Dumplings with soy lime dressing and spicy rocoto-infused oil ($9.00)

Tamalitos Verdes @ Paiche

Tamalitos Verdes: Northern Peruvian tamales, shimenji mushrooms and seco sauce ($14.00)
Ceviches- Sashimi Style:

Tiraditos @ Paiche

(L to R): Crab ($8.00), Albacore ($10.00), Kampachi ($12.00)


Tiraditos:

Wagyu Beef @ Paiche

Wagyu Beef: Seared wagyu, parmesan sauce, aji amarillo vinaigrette and black truffle ($12.00)
Frituras:

Yuquitas @ Paiche

Yuquitas: Stuffed yuca beignets, manchego cheese, grated parmesan ($8.00)
Cocina Caliente:

Sweet Potato Gnocchi @ Paiche
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with burnt butter, huacatay, grated parmesan ($12.00)

Saltado de Camarones @ Paiche

Saltado de Camarones: Sauteed shrimp, tomato onion stew and homemade pasta ($14.00)

Chaufa de Langosta @ Paiche

Chaufa de Langosta: Lobster, mixed seafood, fried rice ($12.00)

Normally, this is where I'd list highlights of the meal, but every single item was so impressive that I can't. Hectic preview night or not, the food that came out of Paiche's kitchen was incredibly solid and rivaled many restaurants on their best night. I will note, however, that, despite being a "Peruvian izakaya," Paiche makes a helluva pasta dish; that pillowy sweet potato gnocchi was better than most versions at Italian restaurants. Congrats to Chef Richie and Stephane and the whole Paiche crew.
*Food and drink were hosted.

Paiche
13488 Maxella Avenue
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 893-6100

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4 comments:

  1. Looks like Stephane and Ricardo have another hit on their hands!

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    1. Yes, definitely! It was crazy busy, but everything was still top notch.

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  2. It was great to see you there--now I have three Peruvian hot spots where I might run into you!!

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