Picca: Chef Ricardo Zarate’s Peruvian Japanese Cantina

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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.

Picca

Picca

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.

Causa Bar [tuna]/Paiche Fish and Chips

Causa Bar [tuna]/Paiche Fish and Chips

Arroz Chaufa/Maitake Mushroom

Arroz Chaufa/Maitake Mushroom

Picca

Picca

Anticucho Diver Scallops

Anticucho Diver Scallops

Anticucho Beef Filet/Seco de Pato

Anticucho Beef Filet/Seco de Pato

We ended the night with three wonderful dessert choices our knowledgeable and wonderful waiter recommended: churros, churros, or churros.

Churros, Dark Chocolate Dip, Passion Fruit

Churros, Dark Chocolate Dip, Passion Fruit

Needless to say, he knew his desserts and rightfully recommended these scrumptious churros. Picca, I will definitely be back!

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