$16 for $30 Worth of Peruvian Steak and Seafood, Valid Sunday–Friday at Ay Ay Picante

Albany Park

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Ceviche chefs alter the flavor of fish by soaking it in citrus juice, much as children alter the grades on their report cards by soaking them in India ink. Soak up a delectable dish with this Groupon.

The Deal

  • $16 for $30 worth of Peruvian steak, seafood, and other region dishes, valid Sunday through Friday
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Ay Ay Picante

Peru is the cradle of modern cuisine—a fact that Ay Ay Picante's owners, Don Jaime Bardales and Doña Chamuca Bardales, haven't forgotten. Native to the nation are now-common staples such as potatoes, corn, tomatoes, avocados, and chilies—all of which blend with traditional spices throughout the Peruvian chefs' extensive board of fare. The signature ceviche, for instance, marinates tilapia in lime juice and rocoto chilies. A marinade of fish sauce similarly enlivens the grilled shrimp and salmon kabobs. But the global influence of Andean cooking makes itself known in the fried-rice dishes, which bring out the flavors of peruvian peppers and mushrooms with a dollop of soy sauce and garlic. This blend of customary and contemporary has garnered respectful nods from both WTTW's Check, Please! and ABC7's "Hungry Hound".

History doesn't just influence the menu at Ay Ay Picante. It also influences the very walls of the dining room. As diners sip BYOB beverages, they can examine pre-Columbian murals from the Peruvian Nazca culture. These hark back to the giant images the Nazca created in the desert sand, which can only be seen when flying in an airplane or soaring between a human cannon and a landing pad.

Reviews

It's a dimly lit, romantic sort of space, and the wait staff were attentive and very helpful. Excellent service, really.

Kacie M., Yelp, 2/27/13

In a Nutshell

Shrimp ceviche and lamb with sun-dried chiles in a Check, Please!–featured restaurant

The Fine Print

Expires 120 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Dine-in only. Valid only Sunday - Friday; Not valid on Saturdays. Not valid for delivery. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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