When life gives you lemons, make lemonade; when life also gives you fresh octopus fillets and you don't have refrigeration, use the lemons to make ceviche. Dine on ceviche regardless of what life throws at you with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Peruvian cuisine and drinks at La Cofradia in Coral Gables.
La Cofradia's menu warms up tongue buds with authentic, upscale tastes of Peruvian small plates, such as causa, whipped potatoes seasoned with yellow chilies and topped with meat or seafood ($12–$17), and ceviche, fresh seafood or vegetables marinated in lime juice and aji peppers ($13–$19). Perfect for sharing or secretly stowing in your neighbor's steam room, La Cofradia also offers a selection of hot appetizers, including goat cheese-and-yucca croquettes ($10), scallops au gratin ($18), and foie gras with port wine sauce and raspberries ($29). While mouths mull their meals, eyes can conquer the visual feast of La Cofradia's lush dining room. Designed by Peruvian architect Jordi Puig, the loft-like space looms below ultrahigh ceilings, and dark walnut veneers and artistic lighting fixtures add warmth to rows of white tablecloths.