Peru has one of the world's great cuisines, but in South Florida it's often lost among so many other Latin destinations. Some of the best dishes from the land of the Incas are still found in neighborhood nooks like homey Saxsay Café, hidden in a Sunrise strip shopping center. The name comes from Quechua, the Native American language spoken in the Andes Mountains, and means "to eat and be satisfied," says owner Renzo Salini. You will be more than satisfied by the wonderful food at the 45-seat restaurant. Flavors are vibrant, portions generous, service attentive and everything is less than $16. Dishes are primarily from Salini's home region of northern coastal Peru, prepared by another native, chief cook Vilma Rivera.
Classics like anticucho (skewered, grilled veal heart) and caucau (tripe stew) may evince a wince from some, but there's nothing intimidating about Peru's aromatic cuisine with its Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and African influences.
One staple is corn, so you'll munch on crunchy cancha (think Peruvian popcorn) instead of bread while perusing the extensive menu.
Ambiance: Open 18 months, the café is simple but attractive, with green and crimson walls, cushioned stools at square wood tables and a view of the open kitchen.
Photo: Candace West.