Sabor a Perú
At Sabor a Perú, chefs Arturo Benites, Cesar Aquino, and Erika Costa and their partners serve up authentic Peruvian cooking. The trio got their start catering community events and took a chance on opening a permanent stall last year. Popular dishes like lomo saltado, a flaming stir-fry of beef tenderloin, tomatoes, and onions served over rice and French fries, keep customers coming back for more.
Another hit dish is their Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken called pollo a la brasa. To achieve the perfect bite, the chicken is first marinated in beer, then covered in a mix of Peruvian red chili peppers, and finally finished off with a rosemary-and-pepper seasoning before being slow-roasted in a rotisserie oven. Pollo a la brasa is accompanied with traditional sauces, both of which are made in house; one is a light mayonnaise with a delicious salty tang, and the other is aji pollero, a creamy sauce made of yellow peppers and Peruvian black mint, which provides the perfect amount of spice.
The chefs’ goal at Sabor a Perú is to share their passion for Peruvian cuisine, and to that end have introduced Calgarians to a bevy of authentic dishes including Peruvian ceviche, anticucho (seasoned grilled beef heart skewers, which have been an unlikely hit!), and crema volteada, a creamy, smooth flan dessert. Make sure you don’t miss trying a bottle of sweet chicha morada juice, made from Peruvian purple corn!