AWESOME THING WE ATE #894: Big Spread Of Peruvian Eats At East Van’s New Chicha
Following a series of successful “soft” opening nights, the Peruvian-themed Chicha restaurant opened up to the public this week at 136 East Broadway Street. They’re plating a substantial and rather diverse menu, so there were plenty of tasty things to take in. Specific wins included the so-simple-but-so-good frites with Peruvian tartar sauce (1), the quinoa salad tower (2), the brightly flavoured – and coloured! – cold mashed potato “Causa Cangre Jo Trio” (3), the skewered “Anticucho Caprese” salad (4), the chicken stew-stuffed empanadas (5), and the chorizo and octopus salad (6). Also of note were the Pisco Sour cocktails and lúcuma fruit cheesecake (they aren’t pictured here because they were gone too fast). The 45 seater – with its emphasis on sharing – comes to us courtesy of Kumiko Umeno and chefs Shelome Bouvette (interview) and Allison Flook. It’s open every day except Monday from 5pm until 1am, and until 2am on weekends. You can read our anticipatory coverage of Chicha here.