Like a tongue on a flagpole in February, fusion cuisine results from curiosity and a shortage of popsicles. Rein in restless taste buds with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Peruvian, Venezuelan, and Spanish cuisine at Amor Picante.
Amor Picante's culinary design team harmonizes a tasty menu of international fusion fare and specialty Peruvian entrees. Fire a shot at the first rumbles of hunger with an appetizer of papas rellenas, a chorizo-stuffed potato fritter ($4.99). Teeth handily wring every particle of flavor from the amalgam of shrimp, scallops, chorizo sausage, and saffron rice that comprises the paella valencia ($11), and the zest from the Milanesa, a breaded minute steak reinforced by white rice and huancaina sauce ($10), dances delectably across taste buds. Those less inclined to enjoy meaty entrees can devour the moranga, which unites roasted butternut squash with a port wine regout, quinoa pilaf, and braised greens ($9).
While nibbling international delights and sipping classic South and Central American cocktails, diners can park head-transportation devices in a table or booth. Bright-yellow walls are made brighter from track lights and circular fixtures that dangle from the ceiling like monkeys reaching for banana-shaped hats.