A West LA Find: Paichẽ (Peruvian Izakaya)

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One of my new favorite spots in LA is Paichẽ by Chef Ricardo Zarate, the owner and chef of Mo-chica and Picca. Paichẽ was named after the prehistoric Amazonian fish and was created to showcase Peruvian Japanese cuisine (Peruvian Izakaya). The casual ambience makes it a great spot to have drinks and hang out, and with the huge open kitchen, you can see all the activity that’s going on.

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The menu has several different categories. For two people, I generally order one dish from each category to get a variety, and then order a couple more based on the type of dish you prefer (ceviche, grilled, fried, etc.). I enjoyed and would recommend the Chaufa de Langosta, Crispy Tuna Tacu Tacu, Saltado de Quail, and the Green Tea Coconut Cake.

Paichẽ Tiradito (Amazonian Fish, Aji Amarillo Lemon Vinaigrette, Tamarai, Sweet Potato Mousse)

Paichẽ Tiradito (Amazonian Fish, Aji Amarillo Lemon Vinaigrette, Tamarai, Sweet Potato Mousse)

Paichẽ Wrap Lettuce (Grilled Amazonian Fish, Anticucho Miso Marinated)

Paichẽ Wrap Lettuce (Grilled Amazonian Fish, Anticucho Miso Marinated)

Amaebi (Filo Dough Wrap, Sweet Shrimp, Jalapeno Ponzu Dressing)

Amaebi (Filo Dough Wrap, Sweet Shrimp, Jalapeno Ponzu Dressing)

Salmon and Yellowtail Ceviche

Salmon and Yellowtail Ceviche

Crispy Tuna Tacu Tacu (Spicy Tuna, Crispy Tacu Tacu, Rocoto, Aioli)

Crispy Tuna Tacu Tacu (Spicy Tuna, Crispy Tacu Tacu, Rocoto, Aioli)

Chaufa de Langosta (Lobster, Mixed Seafood, Fried Rice)

Chaufa de Langosta (Lobster, Mixed Seafood, Fried Rice)

Saltado de Quail (Sautéed Quail, Five Spice, Rosemary Rocoto Dressing)

Saltado de Quail (Sautéed Quail, Five Spice, Rosemary Rocoto Dressing)

Green Tea Coconut Cake

Green Tea Coconut Cake

 

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