- $19 for $35 worth of Peruvian cuisine
Del Mar al Lago Cebicheria Peruana
As they put it in one commercial, Del Mar al Lago Cebicheria Peruana chefs Frederick Perez and Wilmer Arroyo cook with the "authentic flavors of the Peruvian ocean"—flavors they have loved for all their lives. They express this enduring passion through the frequent specials they trumpet on their social media feeds, as well as the lovingly staged food photographs that pepper their website, their menu, and their school district's yearbooks.
One such picture depicts the arroz con mariscos, a house specialty the duo describes as Peruvian-style paella. It is, in fact, a bowl of rice dyed yellow by spice and oil and studded with scallops, shrimp, and squid. Mussels stand upright around the rim of the bowl, like crenelations on an edible crown.
Of course, the eatery's signature is probably its Cebiche Fusion, a four-part medley of saucy sea meats served as appetizers. For one part of the quartet, the chefs spotlight a classic mixture of fish with cilantro, corn, sweet potato, and chilies. The other three include more exotic ingredients, such as calamari, octopus, and shrimp cured in a citrus concoction known as tiger's milk.