242-246 Como Parade West
This humble Peruvian restaurant only opened a week ago & I already know im going to be a regular here. Mi Peru is so, so cute! I’m sure the owners weren’t going for ‘cute’ when they opened up, but that’s really what it is! It’s not pretentious or try hard. It’s simple & the food is full of flavour. What you see is what you get.
The walls are lined with traditional Peruvian scenes. ie: Machu Picchu, landscapes & also a gorgeous canvas of native Peruvians, even if you have never been to Peru, this will make your heart melt & you will feel captivated.
If, on the other hand you have been to Peru, you will find some very familiar foods on the menu! There are beef empanadas, red onion & tomato salad, fish ceviche, steak, rice pudding dessert & of course churros! And much much more.
The staff are native South Americans, extremely friendly & very helpful if you are at a loss as to what to order! Personally, there was no way I was going past trying the ceviche. I had it when I visited Peru & had high expectations of it. It was served on a long plate, swimming in beautiful lemony, garlic & herbed juices. The acidity was well-balanced & complemented my exquisitely fresh barramundi very nicely. I just wished my meal would never end! Delicious, fresh fish & healthy. Accompanied by some corn & also sweet potato, which features a lot on the menu. Grab a can of Inca Cola & imagine you are thousands of miles away in Peru.
While I was here, a lot of people were coming in off the street to make dinner reservations, so make sure you book in advance because I can tell you, this will be a popular little spot! Especially with the longer summer days just around the corner.
And seriously, how many traditional Peruvian restaurants are in Melbourne? Definitely give Mi Peru a visit, you wont be disappointed. Go on, step out of the square & try something new!