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Paiche is another success from Ricardo Zarate: Peruvian cuisine with Japanese flavors.
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Dining room at Paiche, Marina del Rey, CA

Paiche Restaurant Review

: If “paiche” is a fish found in the Amazon River, in Marina del Rey it’s chef Ricardo Zarate’s third restaurant. After the success of Picca and Mo-Chica, he wanted to develop another concept. And here it is: Peruvian cuisine with a Japanese twist. Since Zarate hails from Peru where there is the largest community of Japanese outside of Japan, it was easy for the talented chef to bring this project to life. To complement the culinary creations, Zarate personally assembled a collection of plates in various styles, shapes and colors. But we are not too keen on the décor: dull reclaimed wood from a salvaged barn on the walls; some sad-looking green fabric hanging over the bar that’s vaguely reminiscent of ocean waves; columns painted in blue and yellow evoking fish scales. Luckily, the tables of various heights made of strong shiny wood perk up the look. If you sit at the ones along the open kitchen, you will be able to capture the chef and sous chefs in action cutting the fish for the “ceviches sashimi style,” which means cuts of fish in a lighter sauce than the regular mix for the ceviches; or the kampachi seasoned with rocoto oil and yuzu onion garlic dressing served on a Himalayan block of salt. It’s actually difficult to choose from the menu, since basically every item is a must-have. Here are a few examples: thin slices of seared Wagyu beef in a Parmesan sauce, black truffles and aji amarillo vinaigrette; uni shrimp toast; pacu ribs (another Amazonian fish) glazed with an anticucho lime miso; sweet shrimp wrapped in phyllo in Serrano ponzu dressing (we suggest you request a spoon to savor every drop); or the five spices sautéed quail. Of course, you will find some paiche in the form of a lettuce wrap. Zarate admits that his favorite dish is the spicy tuna on crispy tacu tacu. Finish with the churros or the green tea coconut cake. Pair your meal with Latin wines and spirits among which are a long list of cocktails, or Japanese sakés and beers. Expect Paiche to be lively and vibrant, meaning it can get somewhat noisy, but the food is well worth it!

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