La Mar by Gastón Acurio opens at Mandarin Oriental, Miami on Wednesday, March 19

 

The menu "provides a personal look into the creation of authentic Peruvian dishes"

La Mar at Mandarin Oriental

By Lesley Abravanel | lank@aol.com

Considered ‘the ambassador of Peruvian cuisine,’ Chef Gastón Acurio's first Miami restaurant, opening in the scenic space formerly known as Cafe Sambal, is his third  in the U.S., following sister concepts La Mar Cebicheria in San Francisco and Tanta in Chicago.
 
Really running the show is La Mar Executive Chef Diego Oka, who has worked alongside Acurio for over a decade. The menu "provides a personal look into the creation of authentic Peruvian dishes" ranging from upscale novo-Andean fare to Asian-Peruvian fusion and traditional seafood ceviche.

Said menu consists of small plates such as Nikei, Peruvian nigiri; Anticucho Grillitems; and tapas-style Piqueos. Large plates include a selection of Peruvian specialties and pan-fried rice called Arroces.
 
“We are extremely excited to introduce the spirit of Peruvian food culture to the vibrant city of Miami,” says Acurio. “Our new La Mar by Gastón Acurio restaurant pays tribute to the sea with a beautiful waterfront location and the freshest local seafood on the menu.”
 
The dedicated Cebiche and Anticucho bars will offer 15 different dishes ranging from $9 to $29. Among them: Clásico with fluke, cilantro, aji limo, red onions, choclo and leche de tigre to the Bachiche with scallops, avocado, and garlic-truffle leche de tigre.

Also on the menu: Anticuchos or Peruvian street food priced at $9 to $30 and including varieties of Wagyu, Free Range Chicken, Octopus, Whole Jumbo Prawn and vegetarian option of Peruvian Asparagus.
 
Causa dishes, potato dumplings topped with seafood, are served four different ways to include the Nikei (rocoto causa with tuna tartare); Cangrejo (beet causa with crab); Escabeche (potato with crispy snapper) and Olivo (potato with octopus tartare).

Peruvian Specialties range in price from $19 to $49 and highlight the cuisine’s rich Japanese influences with dishes like Lomo Saltado, a traditional beef dish with stir fried potatoes, red onions, tomatoes, soy sauce, cilantro, aji amarillo and rice, and Whole Fish Nikei, the catch-of-the-day, prepared with Peruvian Japanese spicy sauce, bok choy and white chaufa broccoli rice.
 
In celebration of La Mar’s opening, Mandarin Oriental, Miami has partnered with LAN Airlines to provide two round trip tickets from Miami to Lima in Premium Business class; dinner for two, with two pisco sours, at La Mar by Gastón Acurio at Mandarin Oriental, Miami; and lunch for two, with two pisco sours, at La Mar Cebicheria in Lima, Peru.  More details can be found by clicking here.

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