Picca is one of Chef Ricardo Zarate’s four restaurants. The other one I’ve been to (repeatedly) is Paiche. As a huge fan of Paiche, I of course had high expectations going in to Picca. Although the menu offerings between the two seemed similar, I was still blown away by his talent to seamlessly combine Peruvian and Japanese flavors. Picca is considered a Peruvian Japanese cantina, serving tapas-style dishes like street style skewers, fried rice, and ceviche. I loved the classy yet casual atmosphere.
We ordered seven dishes (plus dessert and drinks) between the two of us (although our waiter recommended a maximum of five), including a couple items from each section of the menu (the grill, family, proper, play, etc.). My favorite dishes were the grilled diver scallops, maitake mushrooms, and seafood fried rice.
We ended the night with three wonderful dessert choices our knowledgeable and wonderful waiter recommended: churros, churros, or churros.
Needless to say, he knew his desserts and rightfully recommended these scrumptious churros. Picca, I will definitely be back!