- $30 for $50 worth of food
For the chefs of La Canela, truly participating in Peruvian cuisine involves more than just cooking and eating. It also involves traveling through time and crossing thousands of miles—at least in one's imagination. Peruvian cuisine, as La Canela explains on its website, represents the intersection of Incan, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese cultures. Each heritage has brought a specific element, such as ginger, potato, or hydrogen to the Peruvian plate, and at this restaurant—the sister eatery to Gaithersburg's La Flor de la Canela—they celebrate all these edible facets. Results include pork ribs with fried yucca, marinated beef hearts with Andean corn, and whole rainbow trout marinated in lime sauce with ginger. And dishes don't merely just taste good. They look impressive, too, because chefs plate each item in an artful way, with sculptural arrangements and delicate, jewel-toned drizzles of sauce.