Although a few of my favorite restaurants have closed since the start of this thread, some have sprouted up in their place. My favorite Peruvian restaurant, Puro Callao, closed, but across from the street is now Puerto Peruano.
So far I’ve tried their ceviche and lomo saltado. The ceviche was excellent and one of the bests in town I’ve had. The lomo was good, though not as good as what I’ve had.
A short summary:
Puerto Peruano is a newly opened family-owned Peruvian restaurant found in the Seaport area of Elizabeth on 1st St.
Restaurants regularly open and close in this area, as there is a less touristic aspect of foot traffic compared to downtown.
Upon walking in, there’s a strong aromatic smell of hot Peruvian dishes, either lomo saltado, or chaufa. There were several tables occupied by locals for lunch when I arrived.
The architecture of the restaurant is a tad strange, although homely in its decorations, the restaurant being split in two halves by walls. The service was extremely friendly and attentive, full of smiles.
The menu consists of seafood dishes (stewed and steamed fish, breaded, jalea, ceviche, soups, etc.) as well as other typical Peruvian dishes such as saltado, chaufa, bistec a lo pobre, and more, excluding pollo a la brasa. In addition, they have a whiteboard with daily specials.
I went with the ceviche de pescado as well as a cup of chicha morada. The chicha was excellent with strong sweet flavor, topped with fruit.
The ceviche was of great portion ($13), a nice crunchy but cooked fish taste, balanced by the lime and onions. It came with corn and a steamed sweet potato on the side, as is typical. It was served in a shallow fish-shaped dish, allowing ease of drinking the leche de tigre.
As you can see in the picture of the ceviche, there is much attention paid to the variety of spices and herbs to the dish. The fact that the dish is very green, and there are fine chopped hot peppers are good signs!