The Peruvians are a people with a rich culture dating back centuries. Some of these ancient cultures include the Norte Chico civilization and Inca Empire. With these cultures come a rich heritage of cuisines which over the years have made Peruvian dishes something to look forward to. As a result of this, Peruvian restaurant Miami is a destination of choice.
Surely there is more to the Peruvians than their food. There are the ancient ruins that remind us of past civilization, the high mountain tops and more. But hey, after seeing all these, you will still somehow find your way back to the food.
If you’ve never had pisco sour, then you’ve not really experienced the taste of Peru. Pisco sour is practically the national drink of Peruvians and is made primarily from pisca brandy, lemons, egg whites, sugar, Angostura bitters and ice.
There is no doubt that the flavors from Peru are explosive with influences from across the world, creating something now uniquely Peruvian. This is what you will be getting from any Peruvian restaurant Miami.
A visit to Peru may not be on your cards now but with the growing popularity of Peruvian cuisine and Peruvian restaurant Miami, you may just be able to satisfy your desire for Peruvian cuisine at a Peruvian restaurant Miami close to you.
Peruvian Restaurant Miami
Enjoying palate arousing dishes from Peru is now very possible for those living, visiting or going through Miami. With establishments like the Gran Inka Restaurant, Peru and its rich culture is brought close to you.
The Gran Inka is a one of a kind Peruvian Restaurant Miami. With two outlets in Miami located at Key Biscayne and Aventura, you can now conveniently choose one that is closest to you.
Why Should You Choose Gran Inka Peruvian Restaurant Miami?
Everyone wants to go to a restaurant and feel relaxed and comfortable. El Gran Inka is a top quality Peruvian restaurant Miami and provides comfortable settings and an ambience that aids relaxation. Once relaxed, you can then begin to enjoy the awesome offerings from the Gran Inka Kitchen.
With the highly skilled Felipe Villanueva chef at Gran Inka presiding over the kitchen, you can quickly get acquainted with the best of Peruvian cuisine.
Supported by a highly trained and committed team, Chef Villanueva has lined up for you a menu of mouth-watering dishes that will have you wishing you were Peruvian.
Let’s get serious and take a look at some of the dishes you can expect from Chef Villanueva and his team. WARNING! DO NOT CONTINUE WITH THIS ARTICLE IF YOU ARE NOT READY TO HAVE YOUR MOUTH WATERING UNCONTROLLABLY!
The Gran Inka Menu
When you step into the Gran Inka, you are likely to be overwhelmed with the many amazing dishes to choose from. To help get you get started, Chef Villanueva has a few recommendations to help you through that initial confusion.
Gran Inka Chef’s Recommendations
If you love your burgers, then Chef Villanueva recommends you try the Hamburguesa Inka. This is a classic beef burger with 80oz. of angus beef, brioche bun, arugula plant, tomato, guacamole and egg. Accompanying this is fries (sweet potato) and huacatay sauce. Slowly savor the exhilarating flavors.
If you didn’t know, you should know that Peruvian dishes feature a lot of sea foods. These next recommendations will exemplify this.
Tiradito Salmon Nikkei
Another dish recommended by the Chef is the Tiradito Salmon Nikkei. This is one of those dishes that shows the influence of cuisine from other lands. In this case we are looking at an infusion of Japanese flavors in this dish.
In this dish, Scottish salmon is thinly sliced and served with grilled lychees in a marinade that combines Peruvian and Japanese flavors. Do not get too excited yet because there is a lot more still to come.
Calamares Rellenos Spicy
The Chef also recommends the Calamares Rellenos Spicy. Yeah we know Peruvians love their spices so be ready to enjoy loads of it in these dishes. This is a dish of grilled squid tubes with a spicy ahi tuna filling in a delicious yellow pepper sauce. This is one of those dishes you take your time to enjoy.
Ceviche de langosta a la brasa
Enjoy a palate thrilling dish in this Chef recommendation. It’s the Ceviche de langosta a la brasa, a dish of grilled shrimp and lobster tails marinated in a tiger milk and yellow Peruvian pepper marinade. It is served with fried yucca tubes. Yum!
Ceviche Ahumado is another recommendation from the Chef at the Gran Inka. This dish is created with fresh seafood and local fish. These ingredients are flambéed in a wok and served in a pisco and rocoto sauce.
Chaufa de Quinoa
You can also try the Chaufa de Quinoa which is also a Chef’s recommendation. This is another dish that offers a glimpse of the fusion of two cultures. This dish is a blend of Peruvian and Chinese cuisine. Red and white quinoa seeds are sauté fried with beef, shrimp and chicken in what is now known as the chifa style which is the Peruvian-Chinese fusion.
Atun en Costra de Quinoa
The Atun en Costra de Quinoa is yet another recommendation from the chef. This dish once again features the red and white quinoa seed which this time covers a fresh tuna steak over a yellow pepper resotto and chicha morada, a sweet corn drink which is reduced to enhance its flavor.
Mariscos al Grill
If you love exotic seafood then you will love this next recommendation from the Chef at the Gran Inka. It’s the Mariscos al Grill which is a preparation of Octopus, shrimps and squid tubes. These are marinated in chimichurri, a sauce made from minced garlic, chopped parsley, olive oil, red pepper, oregano and vinegar. It could also include other ingredients like thyme, cumin paprika, lemon and more. They are served over potato fingerlings, squash zuchinni and asparagus.
Hope these exciting dishes and promising flavors are not getting your overwhelmed? That’s what you can expect from any worthwhile Peruvian restaurant Miami.
Back to recommendations from our creative chef Felipe Villanueva.
Still on seafood based dishes, he recommends Pescado Raymi. What’s this? It is a dish of grilled deep-sea game fish popularly called mahi-mahi or dorado, shrimps and squid tubes. These are served with potatoes, a special pepper mint sauce (cau-cau) made using a secret homemade recipe. If any dish will give you a traditional Peruvian flavor, it is this dish.
Wondering if the Chef’s recommendations are all about seafood? Yeah, we know Peruvians have a lot of seafood based dishes. If however you need something different, not to worry, the Chef also recommends the Lamb Norteno.
From its name, you can already tell that Lamb Norteno is not seafood based. Some have described this as a Peruvian lamb stew. In this dish, lamb shank is marinated in cilantro sauce and slowly cooked. It is served over yellow pepper and black quinotto.
I can imagine that no other thoughts currently can be found in your mind aside from thoughts of these assorted Peruvian dishes. If you are getting a sensory overload, get ready for more because the above are merely the chef’s recommendations meaning there is a lot more to come.
Aside from these recommendations from the Chef at El Gran Inka which is a great way to get you started on Peruvian cuisine, the restaurant offers a lot more, some of which we shall now list below.
These dishes are grouped into different categories which include soups and salads, appetizers (hot and cold), pasta dishes, meat dishes, chicken dishes, fish and seafood dishes, rice dishes and even dishes for kids. You also have gluten free dishes for those who want this. Hey! How can it be called a Peruvian restaurant without Ceviches & Tiraditos? Surely you have a list for these too.
Are you ready to take on more mouth-watering dishes? Hopefully you can contain your excitement long enough for us to proceed. With our taste buds in a heightened state of alert, let’s take it further by looking at more amazing dishes offered at the El Gran Inka Peruvian restaurant Miami.
Ceviches & Tiraditos
A restaurant can hardly claim to be a Peruvian one if it does not serve Ceviches & Tiraditos this is why any Peruvian restaurant Miami will surely have these dishes. What exactly does Ceviches & Tiraditos mean?
We mentioned earlier that Peruvian cuisine has some influence from other cultures. We even gave an example with one of the dishes recommended by the chef – Tiradito Salmon Nikkei. That was a Tradito dish. So what does Ceviches & Tiraditos mean and what is the difference between the two?
These dishes show the influence of Japanese cuisine on some of what we now know today as Peruvian dishes. When Japanese immigrants got to Peru, some of their dishes were assimilated by the locals giving birth to dishes like Ceviches and Tiraditos which are fish dishes each served with some differences.
There are two main difference between the Tradito and the Ceviches. Ceviche is cut into cubes while Tradito is cut into thin slices. The second difference is that Tradito is basically raw because the sauce is added to the raw fish just before it is served. Ceviche on the other hand is kept in the sauce for some time allowing the sauce which is usually citrus juice based to cure the fish so it is described as ‘cooked”.
With the brief history out of the way, let us now turn to the important task of reviewing some dishes under this category offered by Chef Felipe Villanueva and his team at El Gran Inka Peruvian restaurant Miami.
Even without speaking Spanish you can tell that Ceviche Clasico means classic ceviche so we are looking at a traditional fish ceviche dish. Remember the differences right? The fish is cubed and left to marinate in a lime juice, cilantro and Ají Limo pepper marinade. Just so you know, Ají Limo is a really hot chilli pepper. This dish is served with sweet potatoes, choclo corn and onions.
This is a ceviche dish that combines fish and other seafood. With this dish, you get to choose from three classic Peruvian sauces. You can choose it with the lime juice sauce, the ají amarillo pepper sauce or the rocoto sauce. If like me you would love to taste the three choices, it may be a good idea to go in a party of three so each person can order with a different sauce. That way, you can all sample the three different options. Ain’t that a great idea? You are welcome.
Ceviche Gran Inka
There are few other ceviche dishes but let’s round off the ceviche dishes with this signature dish from the Gran Inka. For this to be a signature dish at the Gran Inka, it must be a dish Chef Felipe Villanueva is very proud of. What you have here is a mix of fresh seafood that includes shrimps, Mediterranean octopus and crab meat. The sauce is a sophisticated yellow sauce and the dish is served with tomatoes and avocado.
So, that’s one part of the duo done. Let’s now look at a few Tiradito dishes to balance it out. Remember that the fish in Tiradito dishes are sauced just before they are served so the fish is basically raw.
Tiradito De Pescado
The first of the Tiradito dishes we are looking at from Gran Inka, Tiradito De Pescado is a dish in which the fish which is cut Sashimi style is served in lime juice which can either be mixed with Rocoto pepper creamy sauce or Amarillo pepper sauce. Simple right? Yeah, simple but delicious.
Tiradito De Tuna
In this dish, enjoy thin slices of Tuna served in a special ginger sauce with chopped onions, tomatoes, chalaca styled cilantro and avocado. Enjoy!
Tiradito de Pulpo al Olivo
When you order Tiradito de Pulpo al Olivo at the Gran Inka, you will be served a dish of thinly sliced octopus in a sauce of botija olives and cubed avocados. These dishes are simple but sophisticated.
Now, let’s take a break from the Ceviches & Tiraditos and take a look at another very important section of the menu at the Gran Inka.
In a Peruvian restaurant Miami or anywhere else, you are likely to be served appetizers that are different from what you are likely to get from other regular restaurants. The Gran Inka splits its appetizers into Hot and Cold. Let’s dive in and look at a few samples.
As you would expect, hot appetizers are hot and spicy so just from the name you’ve been appropriately warned. If you do not love hot food, beat a tactical retreat here.
This appetizer consists of skewered beef heart that has been marinated in a marinade of Ají panca, vinegar, garlic and beer. It is served with golden potatoes. Dig in and feel the delicious heat.
Chicharron de Calamar
Get your appetite stimulated with this dish of fried rings of calamari (squid) served with yuca fries in a tartar sauce.
Camarones Y Calamares al Hierro
Finally for the hot appetizers, in this dish, Shrimp and calamari are grilled with extra virgin olive oil, onions, garlic, red bell peppers and fingerlings of Peruvian potatoes. These are prepared in a skillet.
Let’s now look at some cold appetizers.
Not everyone likes hot food and even those who like hot food may also want to try some cooler dishes at times for a change. Let’s look at some of these cold appetizers.
Traditionally Tabbouleh is made with bulgur but in this appetizer, white and red quinoa replaces the bulgur. Added to the mix are cherry tomatoes, fine herbs, lime and asparagus and avocado in olive oil. This is indeed a cool appetizer.
This is a dish of stuffed avocado. You get to choose the stuffing you want. You can choose vegetables, chicken or shrimps. Your choice is mixed with a house mayonnaise. A great way to jump start your appetite.
This is another appetizer that comes with options. This is a dish of fluffy potato cake that is seasoned with oil, yellow Peruvian pepper and lime juice. You have the option of choosing which of the following you want with it – shrimps, chicken, fresh tuna, octopus, crab meat and canned tuna. This is just to get you started.
There’s so much to look at so let’s stop here. For a more extensive list of appetizers offered at the Gran Inka visit the restaurant or check out their menu list. Now let’s move on to the next segment.
Soups and Salads
There has been some debate on which is served or should be served first between soups and salads. Some say soups should be served as a starter and salads just before desert. Well, whatever works for you is fine. Our focus here is listing some soups and salads offered by the Gran Inka and not the order in which you decide to eat them so long as you eat them.
Aguadito de Pollo
This is a cilantro based soup that incorporates chicken, carrots, green peas and rice. You can choose to order the half soup or the whole soup.
This soup is perfect for that cold or rainy day. It is spicy hot and will thoroughly warm you up. This Parihuela from Inka is the Peruvian version of the French bouillabaisse. It is made with various seafood including crabs with a lot of spices. You can also order the half soup of whole soup depending on how much warmth you need.
Ensalada Inka is a salad that constitutes of asparagus, avocado, hearts of palm, tomatoes, white onions and spring mix. These different ingredients are all tied together with the delicious house dressing. Don’t be deceived into thinking this is a regular boring salad because of the spring mix. It’s anything but boring.
Just in case you feel like tasting something from a different culture, you can try the Thai salad. This incorporates spring mix, carrots, mandarin, sesame seed, carrots and salmon. It is finished off in a ginger Thai dressing.
Though rice is not originally a Peruvian staple, the Spanish introduced it to the Peruvians and today they now have a number of dishes prepared with rice. Some of these offered at the Gran Inka include:
Risotto/Arroz con pollo
This is a dish that borrows from Mexican cuisine. The arroz con pollo or rice and chicken in English is here made with risotto. The chicken breast topped short-grained arborio rice is prepared with carrots and green peas. It is served with creole sauce.
Chaufa de Mariscos
This is an oriental styled dish of sautéed seafood and fried rice in sesame oil and soy sauce. You can order this dish with any of the following – Chicken, seafood and shrimp. Interestingly, the shrimps are also available in three flavors.
The above the two rice dishes are all we shall be looking at at this time. Let’s quickly move on to another segment.
Though chicken is another staple that was introduced to the Peruvians by the Spanish, it has become an important part of today’s Peruvian cuisine.
Aji de Gallina
In this dish, you are served shredded chicken breast in a moderate yellow Peruvian pepper creamy sauce. This is served with jasmine rice and steamed potatoes.
This is an interesting dish with strips of sweet and sour chicken in tamarind sauce with pineapples and oriental veggies. This dish is served with jasmine rice on the side and a bowl of crunchy wontons.
Let’s now quickly look at some meat dishes.
In this section we shall be focusing on red meat dishes. Let’s quickly look at two.
This is a stir fry dish that combines sautéed chunks of beef tenderloin chunks with soy sauce, tomatoes and red onion. It is served oriental style (in a wok) with rice and fries.
Lomo con Camarones Jumbo
This dish consists of grilled beef tenderloin medallions and jumbo shrimps. It is seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and garlic and served with golden potatoes. You can order either the 8 ounce or 12 ounce servings.
For pasta lovers, the Gran Inka offers three delicious pasta dishes. Let’s introduce them to you.
Ravioli De Salmon
This is a dish of stuffed homemade ravioli. The ravioli is stuffed with salmon and cream cheese and served in a pink sauce.
Fettuccini al pesto o a la Huancaina con lomo saltado
This is one dish you should not attempt to pronounce its name. Just point it out to the waiter and he will serve you. If however want to attempt the name, do so at the risk of twisting your tongue. The dish may eventually be able to help untwist it.
Fettuccine which actually means “small ribbons” in Italian is a type of pasta that is shaped like long flat ribbons. This is served with sautéed beef tenderloins with red onions and tomatoes. It is served in a Peruvian pesto or huancaina creamy sauce.
Ravioli De Camaron y zapallo
Finally, the last of the three pasta dishes currently on the Gran Inka’s menu. This is a dish of pumpkin ravioli and prawns served in a sophisticated shrimp sauce.
At Gran Inka, everyone is welcome including your kids who are sure to enjoy the kids’ dishes on the menu. These include: Farfale pasta which is served with either a pomodoro, alfredo or butter sauce. Your kids can also choose chicken or fish fingers which can also be ordered as a separate dish.
For diners looking for gluten free diet, you are fully covered with about 10 gluten free dishes Examples of these include Ceviche Gran Inka (already listed above), Tiradito De Pescado (also already listed above), Tiradito de Pulpo al Olivo (which are thin slices of Octopus served with Botija olives sauce and avocado cubes) and others.
Hey! I don’t know about you but after reading through all these delicacies, I feel like sampling as many of them as I can. In fact, all I can think of now is finding a Peruvian restaurant Miami. It’s a good thing that the Gran Inka has made it easy for those of us in the Miami area to access these awesome Peruvian dishes at its Peruvian restaurant Miami.
You can now make your reservations online. With outlets at 3155 NE 163rd St. North Miami Beach FL 331608 and 606 Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne FL 33149, simply go to the online reservation portal and select your restaurant of choice, the date and time you are reserving and the number of persons in your party. Confirm that the date and time are available and you will be on your way to enjoying a lovely time at a Gran Inka Peruvian restaurant Miami.
As an alternative, you can also order your dish online. To our a dish online, visit the online ordering portal and choose the dish you wish to order. Follow the instructions and in a short while, you will be savoring the the taste of Peru right in the comfort of your home. The world has indeed become a global village in more ways than one. Peruvian restaurant Miami brings bring s the best of Peru to you.