Uptown’s newest Latin restaurant, Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine
(4714 Freret St., 504-610-7091), is now open. The Freret Street spot opened July 23 for a brief soft-opening period while the owners roll out the full lunch and dinner menu.
The restaurant is owned and operated by a group of friends who decided to go into business together last year: Luis “Lucho” Ampuero, Mirtha Gallegos, Monica Concha and Angelica Moscoso. Concha and Moscoso, who both hail from Peru’s capital city, Lima, say the idea was hashed out last year during a group beach trip.
“We’re all friends and we work as a team, so we decided, why not open up a restaurant together?” Moscoso says. "We also felt Uptown was the best spot for that."
The chef, Ampuero, hails from the southern part of the country, where seafood features prominently. Ceviche, the country’s most popular seafood dish, is prepared in traditional Peruvian fashion — doused in a limey leche de tigre and framed by toasted corn, thick slices of yuca and sweet potatoes.
Other traditional dishes from the South American country include causa
(cold potato puree topped with chicken and seafood) and lomo saltado
, a vinegary stir-fried beef dish served with onions, tomatoes and soy sauce, topped with cilantro and served with thick-cut french fries. The limited menu includes four appetizers and five entrees, and next week, once the restaurant holds its grand opening, the menu will expand to include seafood soups like sopa de mariscos
and chupe de camarones
, a Peruvian shrimp chowder.
The restaurant does not have a permit to serve alcohol but the owners say they plan on applying for a permit.
Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and In August, it will extend hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page here.