The busy Freret Street corridor will have another international dining option when Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine
opens next month.
The restaurant at 4714 Freret St. takes over the space between Humble Bagel and Mojo Coffee House formerly occupied by the clothing boutique Full Blossom Chic, which closed last fall.
“We’re really excited about the neighborhood and to be close to all the businesses we have around us,” says restaurant partner Luis Ampuero, who moved to New Orleans from the Moquegua region of Peru six years ago.
Ampuero is one of four people including manager Monica Seminario-Concha who are involved in the restaurant.
“Peru is a country with a lot of gastronomic culture,” Ampuero says. “One of our strongest food sources is seafood, which we have a lot of here in New Orleans, too. We’ll start out doing traditional Peruvian cuisine, but eventually we’d like to do a little bit more fusion between Peruvian and New Orleans cuisine.”
Diners can expect traditional Peruvian dishes including ceviche, fried seafood platters, lomo saltado
– sirloin strips stir-fried with onions, tomatoes and vinegar and served with fries, and causa
, a mashed potato terrine topped with seafood and aji amarillo peppers.
The restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner. Although the restaurant's owners plan on opening without a liquor permit, eventually they hope to sell beer, wine and Peruvian cocktails, including pisco sours.
For more information, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page here.