Cocina Peruvia | The Taste of Peruvian Dishes in Manila

Like Filipino dishes, Peruvian is also one of the most diverse culinary cultures that are greatly influenced by many nations like Spanish, Africans, Italians, and some Asian cultures such as Japanese and Chinese. These South American flavors are something new to try in the country as we are all quite unfamiliar with these types of dishes. One restaurant that is known that offers Peruvian dishes is Cocina Peruvia that has already two branches here in Manila.

I've heard about this restaurant years back when they first opened in August 2015 but only got the chance to try some of their best sellers just recently when I visited their branch at Podium mall. Upon entering, I noticed their colorful yet cozy ambiance, perfect for everyone who wants to chill. Their furniture is mostly made of wood but still comfy. And how couldn't anyone noticed their detailed
Mexican-inspired flooring? It's so lovely.

Cocina Peruvia's menu is something unique for us to try. We had sampled a few of their best-sellers that I would also recommend to everyone who likes to try here especially now that Valentine's day is coming.

Ceviche Mixto (P290)
Ceviche is one of the prominent appetizers in a Peruvian restaurant. This ceviche mixto is considered one of their best-sellers made up of seafood like shrimp, mussels, squid, octopus, aji rocoto, and mixed with lemon juice. When we tried it, it was freshly made, seafood was not chewy, and there was a good balance of tangy taste.

Beef Heart Skewers (P320)
When they served this to us, we didn't know that it was made of beef heart. Actually, the taste was just like typical meat but much easier to chew. The flavors were smoky and best paired with the chimichurri sauce on the side.

Beef Saltado (P450 | P1,190)
This dish is also known as lomo saltado. It's classic Peruvian stir-fry made of tender pork belly, cream sauce, tomatoes, and onions.

Parilla Platter (P1,150)
Parilla or grilled meals including chicken, pork belly, and salmon. It also comes with chimichurri, aji mango bbq basil sauce, and patacones french beans on the side. The entire serving is good for 2 to 3 persons. You may order this if you want to try their parilla best-sellers which is a lot cheaper than ordering separately.

Galera de Chocolate (P350)
It's called galera because the shape is like a galleon or ship. The sails are made up of blue crisps tortillas and the body is dark chocolate ganache and dried figs in syrup. Believe me, you will love this dessert so much!

I must admit, Cocina Peruvia is becoming one of my favorites, not just because they have pretty ambiance but their food won my heart. They are one of the restaurants that I will recommend over and over again because they are worth to spend with. Whether you are adventurous or just plainly love to eat, you must definitely include Cocina Peruvia on your list.

Cocina Peruvia
5F, The Podium, ADB Ave., Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Operating Hours: Mon to Thurs (11am-10pm) | Fri to Sat (10am-10pm)

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