A Peruvian friend of mine said we must dine at Machu Picchu Restaurant. I am exploring more of the world of Peruvian food. Many Peruvian folks in the San Fernando Valley almost almost always reference this restaurant as one of the best. It is not a fancy date night place but simply a place to experience authentic Peruvian cuisine.
Whenever, I have a chance for a friend of mine from another culture to talk about food of their country, I am all ears. My friend suggests a dish for me the Takatis Peruvian Seafood Pollo a la Brasa. And she ordered a popular, dish that I can’t remember the name of but is photographed below.
I wish I had her dish, a citrus seafood dish full of citrus flavor. My dish was full of flavor and slightly salty. I also ordered chicha morada as my drink. My friend at her dish down to the last drop. She affectionately called the liquid left over as tiger’s milk. She says Peruvians are know to drink this liquid to help with a hangover.
Although, I have eaten Peruvian cuisine I will not claim to be an expert on the authenticity of tastes. Luckily, on this venture to the Chios Peruvian Grill, my dining partner was the expert. We had a Peruvian chicken dish. I ordered the quarter chicken. It had great flavors and the two sides that I opted for were plantains and what they called a Peruvian bean which looked like Navy beans to me.
Mi pollo peruanas, plátanos y frijoles.
My dining partner ordered ceviche and a rice dish similar to Paella. The presentation of all the dishes were splendid. My dining partner commented on the overwhelming freshness of the food at this restaurants in comparison to many other Peruvian restaurants.
We thought some of the dished could stand a tad bit of salt or a smidgen of some seasoning but all in all we like Chios Peruvian Grill and we expect return to this location on Sepulveda Blvd. The restaurant is located in the northern part of Van Nuys bordering North Hills. The decor is nice for a simple date night and there is indoor and outdoor eating space.
Where: 7755 Sepulveda Blvd Van Nuys, CA 91405Van Nuys
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