Buena Vista Peruvian Kitchen
Charlotte Robert | On 07, Apr 2015
New to Acland Street in the animated suburbÂ of St Kilda, the Buena Vista Peruvian Kitchen is where authentic cuisine is brought to life inÂ colours and flavours.
What characterises the Peruvian gastronomy? â€œCevicheâ€, â€œCriollosâ€, â€œChifaâ€, â€œDelicias de las Callesâ€ mayÂ sound like popular Spanish or Mexican dishes. â€œPeople often think that all the countries of South America cook the same dishes. The cuisine is different everywhere and has its own tradition according to the country,” says Daisy Garcia, the owner of the restaurant.
With the different invasionsÂ throughout its History, the Peruvian cuisine has developed a smart mix of Spanish and Asian cooking traditions. Japanese raw fish is heavily present on the menu as well as noodles, rice and tapas. The delicious dish â€œCausa de Langostinosâ€, featuring prawns, potato, avocado, lime, yellow chili and mayonnaise is the perfect example of the fusion of these different cultures.
Including meat like chicken or pork, seafood, and vegetables such asÂ potatoes or corn, Buena Vista proposes a gourmet cuisine without pretension. It is authentic, well-presented and delightful. From their signature dish â€œCevicheâ€, which includes local raw fish, seafood, sweet potato, chilli, corn and lemon, to the â€œRosco Mariscoâ€ â€“ spicy rice with shellfish â€“ the cuisine provides an explosion of flavours in the mouth with intense perfumes.
Fresh delivered products from the region guarantee the quality of the dishes, andÂ other products directly imported from Peru ensure the authenticity in the kitchen, like the famous Peruvian chilli peppers called â€œRocotoâ€ and â€œAjiâ€, essential daily basis products.
Featuring Peruvian dolls, paints and photos, the decorÂ is light and beautiful. The restaurant is a huge place that offers a lot of seats and an lovelyÂ atmosphere with warm colours, cosy chairs and a terrace.
Buena Vista also hosts concerts and proposes salsa nights welcoming artists from the Melbourne scene. A good opportunity to dance and experience a South American ambience.
Although Peru has been awarded as the â€œbest culinary destination in South Americaâ€ for the third year in the row, the Peruvian gastronomy is yet relatively unknown. Buena Vista Peruvian Kitchen is the good place to start your initiation. A surprising experience for your senses.
What: Buena Vista Peruvian Kitchen
Where: 68a Acland Street, St Kilda
For More Information: https://www.facebook.com/buenavistaperuviankitchen
Images Credit: Charlotte Robert